STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- The Swedish defense and aerospace company Saab AB's (SAAB-B.SK) Chief Executive Hakan Buskhe said his mobile phone has been intercepted on several occasions in connection with the potential sale of the company's Gripen jet fighter to Switzerland, reports daily Svenska Dagbladet Friday.
"Naturally, I'm surprised by the methods used by our competitors. I'm being closely watched and I know that my mobile phone has been intercepted on several occasions," said Buskhe in an interview with the Swedish paper.
On November 30 last year, the Swiss government said it had decided to buy Gripen fighter jets from Saab, a deal valued at 22 billion Swedish kronor ($3.1 billion). The Gripen was, according to the Swiss government chosen over the Dassault Systemese SA's (DSY.FR) Rafale aircraft and the Eurofighter, made by European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. (EAD.FR), but no contract has yet been signed.
Saab has previously sold or rented the Gripen jet fighter to the Swedish armed forces, South Africa, Hungary, the Czech republic and Thailand and in currently competing to sell the aircraft to Brazil.
Newspaper website: www.svd.se
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May 25, 2012 02:34 ET (06:34 GMT)
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