Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has disclosed to the Philippine News Agency that the Department of National Defense will most likely buy Saab’s Gripen C fighter jet for the Philippine Air Force. Besides being cheaper and less expensive in maintenance costs than the US F-16, the Gripen has proven to be an excellent fighter aircraft, he said (ed.).
The article was published on Monday, but Saab has not received any new information to date. Ann Wolgers, press officer at Saab, says the security and defence company is following events closely but “as far as we know, no decisions have been made …”.
The Philippines plans to buy 10-12 new fighter jets in a deal valued at around SEK 5 billion.
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