Posted on January 15, 2013

Saab’s Next Generation Gripen Fighter Jet To Have MICHELIN® Air Radial Tires


CLERMONT-FERRAND (January 15, 2013) – Saab AB recently presented the next generation of its popular Gripen multi-role fighter aircraft the Gripen E and F with the Swedish and Swiss government already lining up to make purchases. Michelin Aircraft Tire announced today that it will be providing a MICHELIN® AIR radial tire fitment for the next generation Gripen E (single-seat), multi-role fighter aircraft.

 “Michelin is proud to be the sole source tire on the Saab Gripen E,” said Jean-Marc Nenert, Military aircraft tire segment Manager Europe. “Michelin is committed to providing top quality products that offer unmatched safety. Our radial tires are designed to provide a long tire life and the exceptional performance that Saab demands.”

As innovation and radial leader, The MICHELIN AIR radial tire was designed specifically for the Gripen E and will replace bias tires in use on current models. This will be the first time Saab will use a radial tire on its Gripen fighter. The radial tire provides more landings per tread, improved cut resistance, better safety and cooling down twice as fast as bias-ply technology. It also offers a weight reduction over comparable bias tires, an extra strong carcass to restrict tire growth.

Michelin is a trusted partner for original equipment manufacturers and provides more original equipment military fitments than any other tire manufacturer.  

The tires will be made at Michelin facilities in Bourges in France.

About Saab Air

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security.

About Michelin Aviation

MICHELIN® Aircraft Tires supplies bias tires, radial tires, and tubes for aviation clients around the world in a range of applications, including commercial and regional airlines, general aviation and military aviation. For more information please visit


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