Saab contracts with Armscor for Gripen weapons support

By Richard Tomkins  |  Dec. 1, 2017 at 11:55 AM
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Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Saab Defense has received a support services contract from Armscor of South Africa for Gripen fighters flown by the South African air force.

The contract, announced by Saab on Friday, runs from November of this year until February of 2020 and carries a value of about $24.6 million.

South Africa has flown Saab's Gripen fighter since 2008.

"Signing this contract further reinforces the good relationship between Saab, Armscor and the South African air force," Ellen Molin, head of the Support and Services business area within Saab, said in a press release. "This order is vital to support the effective operation and availability of Gripen C and D in South Africa over the coming years."

Under the award, Saab will deliver support-related services, including airworthiness management, engineering support, maintenance, repair and overhaul, spares replenishment and updates of technical publications, the company said. Additional details were not disclosed.

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