Saab offers Gripen lease to Malaysia

Swedish defence giant Saab has offered to rent out fighter jets to Malaysia.

Saab offers Gripen lease to Malaysia
Jas Gripen jets in flight. File photo: TT

Saab CEO Håkan Bushke told the magazine Defence News that a rental contract could be the cheapest option for Malaysia, which has signalled its intention to buy fighter jets but not yet found a supplier.

Developments at home mean Sweden could soon have a surplus of jets on home turf. The Swedish government recently made it clear that it wanted Saab to plough ahead with the next generation of Jas Gripen E jets, which would mean Sweden has a fleet so large it could rent some planes out.

If Swiss voters say yes to buying Swedish fighter jets, they could also lease the old Gripen C and D until the final Gripen E would be ready for delivery.

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