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Swedes offer brand new Gripens for the price of American second-hand F16s

" Concerned that the Romanian Government might not take into consideration Gripen's multirole fighter aircraft offer, Sweden's Saab has made a new offer, this time a final one, they say, which comes in response to the recent decision by Romania's Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) to approve the bid of US-held Lockheed Martin for F 16 aircraft.

The Swedes are ready to provide 24 new Gripen aircraft for the same price as that asked by Americans for second-hand F16 jets, i.e. 1 billion euros (1.

3 billion dollars). In addition, Saab also offers a 100% offset, which translates into long-term investments of the Swedes in the Romanian aeronautics industry and in other Romanian sectors. The package also includes training services for pilots and technicians, logistics, spare parts, and support personnel.

"Up until now, there has only been an exchange of information between us and the Romanian authorities on the Gripen aircraft, which is common in the first stage of this type of acquisition. The next step would be for them to invite us, and I think this is what Eurofighter is also waiting for, to submit our full offers so that the Government has all the data it needs to make a decision. As far as we are concerned, Romania does not have the necessary information to make a final decision," says Jerry Lindbergh, representative of the Swedish Government." writen by Adrian Cojocar