MANILA, -- At the recently concluded ADAS 2016, in Manila, Philippines, Gripen campaign director Magnus Hagman spoke about how Gripen is a very strong contender for the Philippine Multi-Role Fighter programme.
“We see Gripen as one of the most important assets for an air force, a true multi-role fighter that can work in a real network centric environment, sharing data with various other aircraft and also incorporating that into a C4I system,” Hagman said.
For an archipelagic country like Philippines that has more than 7,000 islands, Gripen, with its STOL (short take-off and landing) capabilities, would be an ideal solution, he added.
Recently, Saab also announced that it will open an office in Manila by end of the year to support its Gripen campaign in the country. Talking to IHS Jane’s, Carl-Eric Leek, who will head this office, said that Saab’s offer would include a package of support systems, similar to what was delivered to the Royal Thai Air Force (12 Gripen C/D aircraft).
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen multirole fighter aircraft.