Saab has acquired a assist contract for the service, repairs and upkeep of the South African Air Pressure´s Gripen C/D jet fighters. The order worth is MSEK 333 (MZAR 532) over a three-year interval. The contract runs for 3 years from 2022 till 2025 and covers service, repairs and upkeep in addition to minor updates of the assist and coaching techniques of the South African Air Forces Gripen system. In 1999, South Africa signed a contract with BAe/Saab for the procurement of 26 Gripens (C/D commonplace) with minor modifications to fulfill their necessities.

“I’m very glad and glad that now we have now reached an settlement for a brand new assist contract, in order that we in the perfect means can assist our prospects with their operational wants,” says Åsa Schöllin, head of Saab´s enterprise unit Gripen Sustainment.


Deliveries to the South African Air Pressure commenced in April 2008. By April 2011, 18 plane (9 two-seater plane and 9 single-seaters) had been delivered. Whereas the institution of a Gripen Fighter Weapon College at Overberg Air Pressure Base in South Africa had been into account, in July 2013 Saab dominated out the choice attributable to an absence of native assist for the initiative; Thailand is another location being thought-about, in addition to the ?áslav Czech air base. In December 2013, Armscor awarded Saab a long-term assist contract for the corporate to carry out engineering, upkeep, and assist providers on all 26 Gripens by means of 2016.

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a lightweight single-engine multirole fighter plane manufactured by the Swedish aerospace and protection firm Saab AB. As of 2021, greater than 271 Gripens of all fashions, A–F, have been constructed. Gripen C-series is probably the most dependable swing-role fight plane accessible on the planet right this moment. Over 150 million individuals in 5 international locations on three continents depend on Gripen C-series to guard their sovereign air area and making certain their independence. Gripen C/D has efficiently participated in Nato-led in addition to quite a few workout routines and air policing assignments internationally.