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Saab to Cut Price of Jet Fighter for Swiss: Report

Saab to Cut Price of Jet Fighter for Swiss: Report

Swedish defense firm Saab will cut the price on its Gripen fighter jet to ensure that it wins a Swiss order after French plane maker Dassault threatened to undercut its offer, a report said Feb. 8.

In November, Dassault lost out on a bid to replace Switzerland’s aging F-5 fighter fleet when the Federal Council opted instead to buy 22 Saab Gripen planes for an estimated 3.1 billion francs ($3.4 billion).

“The price will be less than 3.1 billion (francs),” Saab’s Switzerland director Anders Carp was quoted by the Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger as saying.

Sources cited by the newspaper suggested the new price could be between 2.5 billion and 2.8 billion francs.

It is understood Saab wants to challenge a reported counter-offer by Dassault proposing 18 Rafale planes for 2.7 billion francs.

Dassault sent a letter outlining the proposal to the security commission of the Swiss parliament, which still has to approve the Gripen purchase.

The Swiss government must formally endorse the deal this month, and it will then be sent to lawmakers for final approval later this year.

Saab has said Bern can sign the Gripen contract directly with the Swedish government, which would act as a guarantor in the event of any difficulty in delivering the aircraft, Hakan Jevrell from the Swedish defense ministry told Tages-Anzeiger.

Last month, India announced it had selected Dassault as sole bidder to negotiate a sale of 126 Rafales estimated at $12 billion (9.1 billion euros).

Source: By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, GENEVA, 08 February 2012 - Gannett Government Media / DefenceNews (

Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2010 - The Swiss Air Force F-5E Tiger II. Photo taken on the Wensesday Show Day, Axalp Fliegerschiessen, 13th October 2010 (Photo by Lachlan Doig ©


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