Indonesia has been offered the Gripen C fighter aircraft fitted with the latest MS20 capability upgrade, which is now operational on all Swedish jets and is the baseline standard for future Gripen exports. New capabilities in this version include the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and the Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb.) Source: Saab
Saab has submitted a proposal to Indonesian authorities to supply its JAS 39 Gripen multirole fighter aircraft to meet the air combat requirements of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU), Peter Carlqvist, head of Saab Indonesia, has confirmed to IHS Jane’s .
Carlqvist said that the proposal is flexible over the version of Gripen aircraft that can be supplied to the TNI-AU but that the company remains “100%” committed to meeting Indonesia’s requirements for localised industrial participation. The proposal was submitted earlier this year, although Carlqvist said the company is still waiting for the formal bidding process to commence.
The TNI-AU requirement is long-standing and is centred on a programme to replace the service’s Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighters, which entered service in 1980. The programme is expected to feature the initial acquisition of 16 aircraft for about USD1.5 billion, but could expand considerably in the future as the TNI-AU responds to growing territorial concerns within Southeast Asia.
Carlqvist said Saab has proposed the current Gripen C/D version but is also open to supplying the new Gripen E version, which was rolled out by the company in May at its Linköping production plant in Sweden. The Gripen E offers several enhancements over the C/D in terms of survivability, sensors, general systems, payload, communications, performance, range, and avionics.
“Saab has submitted a budgetary proposal for one squadron of the latest generation Gripen,” said Carlqvist. “Since we know rapid delivery is important to the Indonesian Air Force, Gripen C/D is the proposed version, but if a longer delivery time is acceptable Gripen E can be offered.”
Central to the proposal, he said, is Indonesia’s Defence Industry Law 2012 (also known as Law Number 16) that requires foreign contractors to fully engage with local industry.
“Law 16 will be absolutely central to everything that we offer to Indonesia,” he said.
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