Saab Defence hopes for Malaysia Gripen leasing


At Defence Security Asia (DSA 2016), from 18-21 April, Sweden’s Saab Group exhibited its latest range of advanced solutions for air, maritime, land and coastal security domains. Saab showcased the width of their product portfolio, and the efficiency of these products, and their technology transfer. Saab has strengthened its commitment towards meeting Malaysia’s military and civil requirements through good value for money and complete future partnership.

During DSA, Saab Test Pilot Mr Robin Nordlander hosted an update on the Gripen programme. Visitors were able to experience what it’s like to be a Gripen pilot in the Gripen cockpit simulator.

“Saab is the smart, independent choice for nations that want full performance, cost efficient, interoperable solutions. We constantly develop and improve new technology to serve the global market of governments, authorities and corporations with products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Our mission is to keep societies and people safe by pushing intellectual and technological boundaries,” said Dan Enstedt, President & CEO, Saab Asia Pacific.

“We have a long history of supplying high performance, cost efficient systems to Malaysia’s Armed Forces including navy and army radars, self-protection systems for fighters, naval command and control and army support weapons. We strive for a collaborative partnership. We have a strong offer today to meet Malaysia’s requirements,” says Thomas Linden, head of Saab Malaysia.

Speaking to media, Saab remains committed to its offer of leasing the Malaysian government its JAS 39 Gripen C/D multirole fighter in a bid to kick-start the country’s stalled multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) programme, Mr Linden said (source:
IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly).

Linden outlined the lease package being offered to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to meet its stated requirement to replace its ageing fleet of Russian MiG-29N ‘Fulcrum-A’ fighters, which were originally scheduled to be retired by late 2010.

The Malaysian government’s response was reportedly positive, but whether or not they will go ahead with Gripen was unclear.

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