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http://www.janes.com/article/51025/saab-pitches-gripen-as-typhoon-replacement-for-austriaSaab pitches Gripen as Typhoon replacement for Austria
Saab is touting its Gripen combat aircraft to Austria as a possible replacement for that country's early model Eurofighter Typhoons, a senior company official disclosed on 27 April.
Speaking at the Linköping production facility in Sweden, the head of Saab's Aeronautics division, Ulf Nilsson, said that, while there is currently no active competition in Austria, he anticipates a requirement to replace the air force's 15 Tranche 1 Typhoons in the next few years.
"Any Austrian opportunity would not be for another three to five years, but we would see the potential for either a [Gripen] C/D or a [Gripen] E/F sale, depending on timelines," he said, noting that the earliest gap on the E/F production line to accommodate orders beyond Sweden and Brazil will be 2022.
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