Saab submits an offer to replace Hornet fleet

Swedish company Saab announced it had submitted an offer for the procurement of fighter jets to replace the Finnish Hornet fleet

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Saab has, with strong support from the Swedish Government, submitted its Best and Final Offer (BAFO) to the Finnish defense procurement agency for the Finnish HX fighter procurement, said a press release from Saab.

The proposal comprises 64 Gripen E fighter aircraft and an extensive weapons package, as well as two GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft. This constitutes the response to the customer’s January 2021 request for a BAFO. Finland is replacing the capability provided by its current fleet of F/A-18 C/D Hornet aircraft.

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The proposed solution features the latest cutting-edge technology for the continuously changing and very challenging operational environment. Gripen is built to defeat the threats of our region and responds very well to the customer’s requirements. It is furthermore designed for road-base operations in a harsh climate and to enable easy maintenance by conscript mechanics. The offering includes some of the most advanced weapons, such as the Meteor for air targets at medium to long-distance, the IRIS-T for air targets at a short distance, SPEAR for ground targets at a medium distance and the KEPD350/Taurus for long-range strike missions against ground targets.

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GlobalEye brings unique additional sensor capabilities – for joint operations with Gripen as well as providing benefits for the entire Finnish defence forces. As a strategic asset, GlobalEye will serve across the entire operational spectrum, providing vital information for Finland. The combined effect of Gripen and GlobalEye will be very powerful.

“With Gripen’s outstanding capabilities and availability, Finland can renew its fighter fleet without compromising on the number of fighters. Thanks to a truly competitive life-cycle cost, the Finnish Defence Forces will be able to stay within the budgetary targets, and even secure a margin for other vital defence capabilities over the years to come,” said Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab.

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