March 29 (UPI) -- Saab received a $42 million contract from the Swedish government to perform operational and developmental support for the Gripen fighter throughout 2017.
In addition to the operation of rigs and simulators, the company will test, verify and validate Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems. Gripen C/D planes will also receive operational support.
Work on the contract will be performed in various cities in Sweden, including Linköping, Järfälla, Arboga and Gothenberg.
The Gripen is the primary fighter used by the Swedish air force. With its latest contract with the government, Saab will provide various services for each Gripen variant.
The Gripen is a multirole fighter fitted for both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations. It comes equipped with a Head-Up Display designed to provide operators with enhanced situational awareness, and also features a long-range PS-05/A radar system.
Other operators of the aircraft include air forces in the Czech Republic, South Africa, Hungary and Thailand.