The Swedish defense company Saab competes with its JAS 39 Gripen C/D for the future Croatian Air Force (HRZ) aircraft. After the government selected a second-hand French Rafale F3R in a tender on Friday, the company continued to monitor the procurement process.
Respecting the government’s decision to purchase French aircraft, Saab’s senior vice president and head of aviation, Jonas Hjelm (Jonas Hjelm) firmly believes that the offer of 12 new Gripen C/D aircraft provided by the Swedish government will be more effective and exceed Croatia’s The needs of the Air Force. .
Recalling that Sweden’s proposal includes the provision of aircraft within two years to provide comprehensive logistical support and training for the pilots and technicians of the Croatian Air Force, he emphasized that he believes that Saab’s proposal is comprehensive and multi-benefit for Croatia and Croatia. Croatian Air Force.
”The purchase and use of a new Gripen will not incur the additional costs normally associated with second-hand aircraft, and we can confirm that all costs are transparently listed and included in the Gripen offer. The proposal also includes a very attractive financial model for Croatia, which will allow longer repayment periods, including a grace period from 2023 to 2025,” Hjelm reminded Sweden of the proposal.
He emphasized that such financing schemes will be provided by the Swedish government rather than commercial banks, and financing conditions will be extremely favorable.
Hjelm estimates that cooperation with Sweden and Saab will bring more benefits to Croatia. For example, long-term cooperation with regional aviation centers, local defense industry and academia will create about 500 high-tech jobs.
The government announced on Friday that it is purchasing 12 second-hand Rafale F3-Rs (10 single-seater and two two-seater) at a price of 999 million euros.
Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovich pointed out that in addition to aircraft, the French offer also includes flight simulators, basic weapon kits, ground and test equipment, spare parts, personnel training based on the principle of “training by trainer” and authorized representatives from France. The full support of production enterprises for three years.
In addition, the offer also includes a 12-month warranty for each aircraft, engine and other equipment and spare parts delivered.