Swedish Saab Group, the manufacturer of Gripen fighter aircrafts, aims to export at least 300 Gripens within the next ten years. The company speculates that Royal Thai Air Force might plan to buy up to 40 Gripens in the future, reported SaabGroup.com.
According to a news report in the Swedish daily Business World, Saab’s Head of Gripen Exports Eddy de la Motte says that Saab’s goal is to export at least 300 Gripens within the next ten years.
“If this objective is achieved, Saab will have 10 percent of the available market,” Saab’s Head of Gripen Exports Eddy de la Motte adds.
He also says that Saab’s visions include the establishing of Gripen NG as the world’s leading single engine multirole combat fighter, and to launch a Sea Gripen version for selected markets, within a joint development programme.
At the moment, Gripens’ sales are accounted for 240 aircrafts from six countries including Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Chez Republic, Hungary and South Africa. The company aims to export more to the European market, Latin America and Asia.
Royal Thai Air Force is the first air force in Southeast Asia to have JAS-39 Gripen base. The company reckons that India might be its next client in Asia as the country has shown interest in Gripen NG.