Hungary orders four Saab Gripen C fighters


Swedish manufacturer Saab has announced the signing of a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to purchase four additional Gripen C fighters to be delivered to Hungary. 

“With the Gripen fighter, Hungary has one of Europe’s most capable air forces,” said Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab. “We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with the Hungarian Government and defence industry.” 

This purchase is an amendment to the existing contract between FMV and the Hungarian government, initially signed in December 2001. The original agreement was to acquire 14 Gripen C/D fighters for the Hungarian Air Force.  

The recent contract amendment, signed by the Hungarian Ministry of Defense and FMV on February 23, 2024, will bring Hungary’s total number of Gripen C/D aircraft to 18. Saab will also provide Hungary with upgrades and assistance beyond the year 2035. 

Furthermore, Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defense have solidified their partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This strategic collaboration aims to enhance fighter aircraft capabilities and strengthen high-tech industrial areas. It also includes plans to establish a Centre of Excellence for VR technologies in Hungary. 

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