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The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to deliver spare parts for Gripen E multirole combat aircraft.

The new development is valued at SEK250m ($30.02m). It is part of a framework agreement signed between Saab and FMV in February 2013 for development work on the JAS 39 Gripen E.

Covered in the SEK47.2bn ($7.4bn) agreement is production and delivery of 60 Gripen E aircraft for the Swedish Air Force.

Saab Aeronautics business area head Ulf Nilsson said: "This is an important first step to secure the equipment supply for the Swedish air force and Gripen E.

"The new development is valued at SEK250m ($30.02m)."

"We are pleased that we, together with our customer, have been able to secure competitive prices on essential equipment."

Under the latest order, Saab will be responsible for the supply of spare parts, such as components and devices, for the aircraft.

The delivery under this contract is expected to take place in conjunction with initial aircraft delivery.

Initial deliveries of Gripen E aircraft to the Swedish Air Force are scheduled to start in 2018 and run through to 2026.

The new aircraft will replace the Swiss Air Force’s fleet of Northrop F-5E/F Tiger.

The Gripen E is a next-generation version of the JAS 39 Gripen aircraft, and features more powerful engines, a new active electronically scanned array radar, advanced avionics, and upgraded presentation systems in the cockpit to successfully conduct longer missions.

Equipped with an increased number of weapon pylons, the fighter has maximum payload and more internal fuel for improved range and endurance, and has been ordered by the Swedish Air Force to date.

In April, Saab contracted Selex to supply its Skyward-G infrared search-and-track (IRST) systems for Swedish Air Force’s Gripen E aircraft.

Image: Swedish Air Force’s JAS 39 Gripen aircraft. Photo: courtesy of User:MatthiasKabel.