Swedish aerospace giant, Saab has announced on Thursday (17 October) that Bengaluru would be the 'backbone’ for its Gripen platform offered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) which is a light single-engine multi-role fighter aircraft, reports The Hindu.
Saab is already in discussions with a dozen firms based in Bengaluru.
Saab has offered this multi-role fighter to the IAF and is in the fray to build 114 fighter planes under the multi-role fighter aircraft (MRFA) programme.
Saab India Technologies chairman and managing director Ola Rignell, at a media conference, said, “I would like to emphasise that we foresee Bengaluru to be the backbone for the Gripen offering to the IAF because of the industry setup (ecosystem) that they have in Bengaluru. What we have seen so far is that here in India, there are a lot of companies who are competitive, that we can utilise in the fighter programme for India.”
Commenting on SAAB's offer to IAF, he said, “The current RFI from the IAF stipulates 114 aircraft. Of these, 18 are supposed to be in a flyaway condition from OEMs and the rest to be built in India. We are 100 per cent committed to building all 96 aircraft in India, from scratch."
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 999/year is the best way you can support our efforts.