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.

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