MMRCA Begins: Next-Gen Gripen in IAF livery

I'm a sucker for these artist's impression pictures of fighters, especially when these chaps paint their machines in IAF livery. Now doesn't the Gripen just look delectable in IAF colours? You're seeing it first here on LiveFist! I'm posting the releases that all the companies made today following their bid submissions. Here's the first, from Gripen India:

Gripen International is proud to offer the Indian Air Force Gripen IN, tailor-made to meet all current and future requirements of the Indian Air Force and employing only the very best and latest technologies from Sweden, Europe and the US.

Gripen IN is based on the newly launched Gripen NG, the next generation of Gripen, an enhanced version of the well proven Net Centric Warfare Gripen multi-role fighter, which has unbeatable low acquisition, operation and support costs. Gripen IN provides freedom of choice in weapons and sensors and an unrivalled sustained sortie generation rate through high availability.

Following submission of the Saab/Gripen team's bid Eddy de la Motte, Gripen International's India Campaign Director said "By choosing Gripen IN, India will receive an affordable world class weapons system that will enhance India's military operational capability and industrial defence base well into the future and in addition, will create independent capabilities right from the word go".

"Gripen IN will provide India with a capability that offers complete independence of weapon supply. In addition, Gripen IN comes with the guarantee that we are committed to ensuring that India will have the fighter that the Indian Air Force wants" he continued.

"We will do this by transferring all necessary technologies to enable Indian industry and the Air Force to build, operate and modify Gripen to meet all indigenous requirements over time. Gripen IN has huge future growth potential for India to harness to the maximum extent, ensuring that this fighter above all others, will stay in the lead as future technology brings yet greater effectiveness and firepower" he continued.

"Gripen is fully operational today and with the total long-term commitment and support of the Swedish government, I believe that Gripen IN will provide the basis for significant future Indian and international co-operative programmes in future".

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