Saab, which is in the fray for the 110 fighter aircraft in India has commenced discussions with Indian companies for procuring aerostructures parts, such as sub-assemblies, machined parts and sheet metal parts. They will be holding detailed meetings with companies including plant assessment visits in October 2019. The company has a development centre in Hyderabad and is working with Tech Mahindra for certain development work. They are also procuring components and systems from India for supply to Boeing and Airbus.

On the sidelines of India Sweden Innovation Day, Mats Palmberg, VP Industrial Partnerships and Head of Gripen India Campaign told, ” The industry evaluation tour will take place for 10 days in mid-October. A dozen Indian SMEs suitable for systems manufacturing will be met…by a team consisting of different Saab companies, international system suppliers headed by members of the Gripen for India team.” He further informed that,”some discussions have resulted in MoUs with a mutual intention to work together on a broader basis in defence and also in the execution phase of the Gripen E program in India. We also have contracts with suppliers for machine and sheet metal parts. All these products are exported out of India for our commercial programs with Airbus and Boeing.”

Mr Palmberg said, “We are actively working to increase and broaden sourcing from India to increase levels of volume as well as complexity. The offer of Gripen E also consists of the most comprehensive transfer of capability packages focused on building indigenous capabilities to design, develop, produce and maintain a modern state of the art fighter system platform. “The build-up of those capabilities will require substantial investments from the Indian as well as from international partners. Investments will need to be made in facilities, training, machinery etc.”