Saab and Pilatus sign MoU
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with SAAB cementing a far-reaching partnership which on the one hand addresses the offset obligations of SAAB related to the possible purchase of the Gripen for the Swiss Air Force, while at the same time forging a long term relationship between two innovative and forward looking aerospace companies.
A new generation of aircraft for a new generation of military pilots: Gripens for Switzerland – PC-21s for Sweden. The PC-21 Pilot Training System has been the subject of sales negotiations between Pilatus and Sweden for some time. A decision to proceed with the purchase of the Gripen would take Pilatus one step closer to concluding a PC-21 contract, creating a win-win situation for both countries.
Pilatus and SAAB also aim to create some 100 further new positions in the aerostructures sector. The production – for the PC-21, the Gripen and other aircraft types made by both manufacturers – will be performed at a new location in Switzerland which has yet to be defined.