Saab has announced partner companies who will participate in its Gripen E campaign for Ottowa’s requirement for 88 new fighters. The company says that the “Gripen for Canada Team” will comprise IMP Aerospace & Defence, CAE, Peraton Canada, and GE Aviation.
Saab’s Gripen E multirole fighter aircraft is being offered as a replacement to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s existing CF-18 Hornet fighter jet. The contract will involve the delivery of 88 combat jets. It is expected to be valued between C$15bn ($11.25bn) and C$19bn ($14.25bn).
“Over the past two years, Saab and the Swedish Government have been encouraged by Canada’s open and transparent competition to replace its fighter fleet,” says Jonas Hjelm, head of aeronautics at Saab.
“Saab is committed to securing long-term relationships in Canada that will create a significant number of highly-skilled, sustainable jobs for Canadians within domestic and international supply chains.”
The Saab-led team has been formed to provide a genuine ‘Made in Canada’ solution for the fighter capability project and help comply with the terms set out in the Canadian request for proposal.
As part of the Saab team, IMP Aerospace & Defence will provide production and support to the fleet of Canadian Gripen within the country.
CAE will focus on training and mission systems solutions for the aircraft.
The avionic and test equipment components along with its material management, repair, maintenance, and overhaul will be provided by Peraton Canada.
Engines for the fighter jet will be provided and sustained by GE Aviation.