Hungary to Continue to Use Gripen
(Source: Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency; issued Jan. 30, 2012)
The Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) has negotiated an extension of the JAS 39 Gripen agreement with Hungary. The new agreement is extended until 2026. The agreement was signed today in Stockholm by FXM Director-General Ulf Hammarström and Director-General Gyula Keszthelyi of Hungary’s Armament and Quartermaster Office.
“We are pleased that Hungary has taken a long-term strategic decision to continue to use Gripen and thus chosen continued partnership with Sweden and the other Gripen users,” said Ulf Hammarström in connection with the signing of the agreement.
Apart from sharing the costs of operations, maintenance and development, Sweden and Hungary conduct joint exercises. Hungary supported the Swedish Air Force in connection with the Libyan operation. In its capacity as NATO member, Hungary has also worked together with Sweden on introducing interoperable NATO functions within the Gripen system.
A lease-purchase agreement between Hungary and Sweden regarding 14 Gripen aircraft was entered into in 2001. All the aircraft were delivered during 2006 and 2007. The current agreement would have expired in 2016, but the countries have now thus chosen to extend their cooperation for a further ten years.
Gripen is operated by air forces in Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic, South Africa and Thailand. Switzerland announced in November 2011 that it intends to purchase 22 Gripen aircraft. (ends)
Hungary Extends Gripen Contract
(Source: Saab AB; issued Jan. 30, 2012)
The defence and security company Saab is proud to announce that Hungary is taking a long-term strategic decision to continue operating Gripen and ensuring the continued development of its national capability. Sweden and Hungary are extending the cooperation for another ten years, until 2026.
Earlier today, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, FXM, confirmed that Sweden and Hungary have chosen to extend their Gripen partnership for a further 10 years. Negotiations have been taking place in recent months and today, Monday 30 January, the new contract was signed by FXM's Director General, Ulf Hammarström, and Gyula Keszthelyi who is the Director General for Hungary’s Armament and Quartermaster Office.
“We are delighted that Hungary has taken a long-term strategic decision to continue operating Gripen and has thereby chosen to continue in partnership with Sweden and other Gripen operators," said Ulf Hammarström after signing the contract.
“The news that Hungary extends the Gripen contract by ten years is extremely positive. Once again it confirms that Gripen is one of the world’s leading fighter aircraft that meets the operational, technical and cost requirements of the market,” says Lennart Sindahl, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics, Saab.
The partnership is a contract between two governments, where Saab act as a sub-contractor.
In 2001 the Swedish and Hungarian governments entered into a lease-purchase agreement, with a further modification in 2003 that included 14 Gripen C/D (12 single-seater and 2 two-seater aircraft). All aircraft were delivered in 2006 and 2007, and all 14 aircraft were in operation with the Hungarian Air Force by the end of 2008. The current contract was due to expire in 2016, but the countries have now decided to extend the partnership by another ten years.
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