Saab has signed a contract with the Brazilian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) for the country’s Gripen Next Generation (NG) aircraft.
Signed with the Air Force Aeronautics Command (COMAER), the Skr548m ($70.7m) contract covers continuous maintenance and support services for the Gripen NG aircraft and associated equipment.
Saab business area Aeronautics Gripen business unit head Ulf Nilsson said: "This contract secures the Gripen NG logistics support solution for Brazil.
"It is also an important part of Saab’s commitment to deliver the Gripen NG system to the Brazilian Air Force."
The contract is supplementary to the main contract that Saab signed with Brazil in October to manufacture and hand over 36 Gripen NG aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force between 2021 and 2026.
The CLS contract will become effective once certain conditions linked to the main contract, such as the delivery of aircraft, have been fulfilled.
Saab also received a Skr385m ($49.7m) contract from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide maintenance technical system support and spare parts for the Swedish Gripen fighters during 2015.
The award also includes support and maintenance operations with a focus on technical publications, ground equipment, and component maintenance to ensure the continued operation of Gripen in Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand.
The order is an extension of the 2012 long-term agreement. It also includes Skr100m ($13m) for the provision of Gripen spare parts in 2015, and framework for a possible additional sum of Skr100m ($13m) for 2016.
Work under the contract would be carried out at Saab’s facilities in Linköping, Arboga, Järfälla, Gothenburg, Växjö and Östersund, Sweden.
Apart from the two agreements, the company also bagged two more contracts worth Skr385m ($49.7m) and Skr355m ($45.8m), respectively, for development of Gripen E, and to provide maintenance, operational support and continued development work for Gripen during 2015.
Image: An artistic impression of Gripen Next-Generation fighter aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of Saab AB.