Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog Ping: Sweden Submits Gripen Offer To Croatia

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Title*:Sweden Submits Gripen Offer To Croatia
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Description:Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) has submitted an offer of eight Gripen C/Ds to Croatia to replace its squadron of MiG 21. The offer which was submitted last week also includes a support and training package for Croatian pilots and technicians along with a financial solution.

"We are pleased to present this offer which has been prepared in close collaboration with Croatia. The system has excellent capabilities to protect a country's airspace and to participate in international missions. It fulfills NATO requirements for interoperability. Gripen is one of the most cutting edge fighters in the world while being efficient and robust with low life cycle costs at the same time," says Peter Göthe, Deputy Director-General at FXM, in a report on the FXM website.

"In order to ensure that the Croatian Air Force remains operative without interruption when its current MiG-21s are decommissioned, Sweden offers a solution where the Gripen C/D aircraft can be operative as soon as within one year after a contract is signed," says Jerry Lindbergh, Programme Director for Croatia at FXM.

In an another news report in Vecernji list, Gripen campaign Director for Croatia, Pierre Gauffin says that instead of continuing with an old aircraft, Croatia has the choice to buy a technologically advanced and affordable Gripen.

"The Swedish government (through FXM) believes it can offer an extremely affordable price. We are confident that the country has the option of acquiring a new generation multi-role combat aircraft,"

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