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Gripen provides another double boost for Polish Aerospace Industry

01 March 2002

Gripen International has further strengthened its partnership with the Polish aerospace and defense industry by signing two new industrial co-operation agreements.

Gripen International has further strengthened its partnership with the Polish aerospace and defense industry by signing two new industrial co-operation agreements, which are linked to supply of the Anglo-Swedish Gripen multi-role fighter to meet the national and NATO defense needs of Poland for the next 30 to 40 years.

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding, signed between Gripen partner Saab AB and PZL Swidnik, Saab personnel have, following evaluation, confirmed that capabilities at Swidnik will suit the development of advanced new carbon-fiber (CFC) manufacturing techniques. This enables the Polish aerospace company to be considered as a supplier of complex CFC parts for Gripen, including nose and main landing gear doors.

Following manufacture, the units would be exported from Poland to the Gripen production facility in Linkoping, or an alternative site, for final assembly. It is planned that all equipment required for the introduction of this advanced manufacturing process would be produced in Poland.

""The manufacture of CFC doors for Gripen will require significant technology transfer to Poland. These parts have complex, double curved surfaces which require advanced manufacturing techniques unlike anything that is currently manufactured in-country"" commented Simon Carr, sales and marketing director Gripen International.

Gripen International is a company equally owned by Saab of Sweden and BAE SYSTEMS of the U.K. Gripen is the first fourth-generation multi-role fighter in service world-wide, designed to meet the demands of all current and future threats, while at the same time meeting strict peace-time requirements for flight safety, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs.






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