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South African and Swedish Gripen orders

Saab : 23 December, 2013  (Application Story)
Saab continues to receive further orders for the support of Gripen fighter aircraft from South Africa and Sweden
South African and Swedish Gripen orders

Defence and security company Saab has received steady state support contract for South African Gripen. The order has a total value of SEK 180 million over the years 2013-2016. The South African Air Force has been operating the Gripen fighter system since 2008 when the first Gripen was delivered.

The operations of the Gripen fighter system in South Africa have previously been supported by Saab through short-term interim support contracts.The steady state support contract that is now signed between Saab and Armscor enables Saab to conduct support operations in a sustainable manner with a long-term horizon, with high efficiency and availability.

Through the steady state support contract typical support services like engineering support, maintenance, repair and overhaul and spares replenishment will be carried out. The contract also includes technical publications amendment services. The total value of the contract is SEK 180 million over the years 2013-2016.

"Signing of the steady state support contract marks the start of a deeper and extended relationship between Saab, Armscor and the South African Air Force. The Gripen operation climbs out of testing and delivery phase with ad hoc, short-term support efforts into a real sustained South African Fighting Force, constantly ready and supported by Saab,” says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, head of Saab’s market area Sub-Saharan Africa.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

Saab also received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) concerning the maintenance and adaption of basic development resources for Gripen during 2014.

The order value amounts to SEK 355 million and includes the operation of rigs, simulators and test aircraft for the verification and validation of the fighter aircraft systems Gripen C/D and Gripen E and operational support to Gripen C/D.

The contract includes options for additional orders for the years 2015-2016 amounting to SEK 710 million.

“It is positive to now have this agreement in place which means that Saab can continue to support the Swedish air force's effective operation and development of Gripen,” says Ulf Sangre, contract manager Saab, business area Aeronautics.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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