Saab Enhances Hungarian Air Force Capabilities with Additional Gripen C Fighters - Istanbul Airport Meet and Assist

Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab has recently solidified its partnership with the Hungarian Air Force through the signing of a significant contract. This agreement, facilitated by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), entails the purchase of four additional Gripen C fighters to be delivered to Hungary. This move underscores Hungary’s commitment to bolstering its air defense capabilities, positioning itself as one of Europe’s leading air forces.

Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab, expressed enthusiasm about the continuing collaboration between Saab, the Hungarian Government, and its defense industry. “With the Gripen fighter, Hungary has one of Europe’s most capable air forces,” Johansson stated, highlighting the strategic advantage the Gripen C/D aircraft bring to the Hungarian military.

This recent contract amendment builds upon an initial agreement from December 2001, wherein Hungary acquired 14 Gripen C/D fighters. The latest agreement, signed on February 23, 2024, by the Hungarian Ministry of Defense and FMV, increases Hungary’s Gripen fleet to a total of 18 aircraft. Moreover, Saab commits to providing Hungary with upgrades and support extending beyond the year 2035, ensuring the long-term operability and effectiveness of the Hungarian Air Force’s Gripen fleet.

In addition to the aircraft acquisition, Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defense have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU is a testament to the deepening partnership aimed at enhancing fighter aircraft capabilities and fostering technological advancements within Hungary. One of the key initiatives under this MoU includes the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for VR technologies in Hungary, marking a significant step towards innovation in high-tech industrial areas.

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