Saturday, April 20, 2024

Sweden to upgrade its Gripen fighter jets

Saab, the Swedish aerospace and defense company, has secured an additional order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to ensure the continuous operation and capability improvement of the Gripen C/D fighter aircraft. The order is valued at SEK 579 million ($52.7 million).

This supplementary order encompasses the design of the new development and simulation environments for the Gripen C/D, along with the development of support systems that will enable the harmonization of the Gripen C/D and Gripen E variants for the Swedish customer. It also includes additional equipment and hardware orders.

Lars Tossman, the head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area, emphasized the significance of upgrading the Gripen C/D, stating, “The upgrade of Gripen C/D is an important step in maintaining a high level of operational capability in the turbulent world we live in. It is also important for Gripen C/D to operate beyond 2030.”


The latest order from the FMV underlines Sweden’s commitment to enhancing the Gripen C/D, making it even more formidable in the ever-evolving realm of military aviation. Saab’s continuous development and support of the Gripen aircraft series have solidified its reputation as a dependable partner in strengthening national defense capabilities.

Saab’s Gripen C-series is recognized as one of the most reliable swing-role combat aircraft available globally.

The JAS 39 Gripen C/D is a versatile, single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft specifically designed for air-to-air, air-to-ground, and reconnaissance missions.

The Gripen C/D has been the backbone of Sweden’s aerial defense, known for its exceptional maneuverability and adaptability across various mission profiles. With ongoing upgrades and improvements, including the harmonization of systems between Gripen C/D and the more advanced Gripen E variant, Sweden is ensuring that its fighter aircraft remains at the forefront of modern air warfare.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.