Saab: Swiss industry to become single supplier of major Gripen E components

  Saab: Swiss industry to become single supplier of major Gripen E components

Defence and security company Saab has taken the strategic decision to find
Swiss companies to develop, produce and assemble major components of the
Gripen E aircraft, including the rear fuselage. More than 35 per cent of the
work will be placed in the French- and Italian-speaking regions. This will
create business volume for Swiss industry of approximately 200 MCHF and more
than 500,000 man hours of work.

Business Wire

LINKÖPING, Sweden -- April 2, 2013

The decision to grow the Gripen E supplier base in Switzerland is an important
step for Saab’s Swiss Industrial Participation (SIP) programme. It
demonstrates the company’s willingness and commitment to deliver major direct
SIP packages for Gripen E and results from a continuous dialogue with
armasuisse, Swissmem, GRPM (Groupe Romande Pour le Matérial de Défense et de
Sécurité) and the Swiss Gripen Group (SGG for Direct Industrial Participation
DIP). The main areas of focus for the Swiss industry work will commence with
the development, production and assembly of five major items;

· Gripen E rear fuselage · Gripen E pylons (weapon stations), · Gripen E tail
cone, · Gripen E air brakes, and the · Gripen E external fuel “drop” tanks

These initial packages represent over 500,000 man hours of work and business
volume of 200 MCHF for Swiss industry, and is related to the 60 Gripen Es
ordered by Sweden and 22 Gripen E fighters that may be ordered by Switzerland.
Saab is looking for long-term partners to the Gripen program and will place
more than 35 per cent of this business package in the French- and
Italian-speaking regions.

“We are currently in discussions with Swiss companies, including Small and
Medium-sized Enterprises, throughout all regions of Switzerland that can be
involved in this major project”, says Lennart Sindahl, Head of Business Area
Aeronautics at Saab, and adds “We are looking for companies with advanced
skills and strong competitiveness that can be our partners for the long-term
and to quickly seal their involvement in the program.”

Future potential of the Swiss involvement

As a Gripen E supplier and partner, Swiss industry participation is not
limited to the Swedish and potential Swiss aircraft, but includes future
orders of Gripen E. The Swiss partner companies will have full access to the
technology involved in the work package. The transfer of knowledge will
provide the companies with the skills and competence to compete for major
orders from other aircraft manufacturers in the civil and defence sectors.

Saab’s Swiss Industrial Participation Programme

In line with armasuisse offset policy, Saab is committed to delivering a
regional distribution of SIP, with 5 per cent in Italian-speaking, 30 per cent
in French-speaking and 65 per cent in German-speaking Switzerland. Saab has a
commitment to deliver SIP business valued at 100 per cent of the Gripen
contract value. By the end of 2012, Saab and partners had delivered
approximately 250 MCHF in business with more than 100 Swiss companies.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and
solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations
and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves
new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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