Héroux-Devtek to produce landing gear for Saab's Gripen E fighter aircraft


Héroux-Devtek has received a contract from Saab to manufacture complete landing gear systems for the Gripen E fighter aircraft.

The contract requires the company to manufacture, assemble and deliver complete landing gear systems for 96 Gripen E aircraft being developed for the Swedish and Brazilian air forces.

Production of the landing gear systems will be carried out at Héroux-Devtek's facilities located in the UK.

Héroux-Devtek vice-president and COO Martin Brassard said: “Our UK operations have designed and manufactured landing gear systems for previous variants of the Gripen aircraft and this new contract acknowledges their expertise on an important programme.

“This life-cycle contract will generate revenues over an extended period of time and increase our proportion of sales derived from products on which we hold intellectual property or design authority rights.

"It will also solidify our geographical revenue diversification as well as our balance between commercial and defence programmes.”

The contract also covers provision of spare parts. Delivery of the landing gear will begin next year.

"This life-cycle contract will generate revenues over an extended period of time and increase our proportion of sales derived from products on which we hold intellectual property or design authority rights."

Saab's Gripen is designed to conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, including specialist roles such as intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) and electronic warfare.

The multi-role combat aircraft features modern sensors and mission systems, including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and infra-red search and track (IRST) system.

It can be armed with any air-launched weapon that a customer requires, and allows quick integration of new capabilities.


Image: Saab's Gripen is designed to conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Photo: courtesy of Saab.