The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded a performance based logistics (PBL) contract to GKN Aerospace to provide support services for the national Armed Forces’ JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft.
A follow-on from an initial five year RM12 PBL agreement, the new agreement requires the company to support the operations for JAS 39 Gripen C/D users for a period of four years.
Additionally, the company will ensure engine availability for every Swedish Air Force mission, as well as for Gripen C/D export customers that includes the Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand.
The contract covers the provision for technical product support, maintenance, repair and overhaul, repair development and spare parts supply.
GKN Aerospace Engine Systems CEO Mike McCann said: "We are totally committed to ensuring RM12 engine availability and its secure and safe performance in all operations.
"At the same time we closely monitor every aspect of product life cycle cost effectiveness.
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"This comprehensive level of service has helped maintain this engine’s excellent track record, ensuring it is one of the best single engine installations in the world.
"We are proud to have been selected to continue delivering this service for all RM12 engine users in the coming years."
Powered by a single Volvo-Flygmotor RM12 engine, the JAS 39 Gripen is a lightweight, multirole fighter aircraft designed to conduct a wide range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions.
Intended to replace the Swedish Air Force’s Viggen and Draken combat aircraft, the fighter features delta wings and canards, relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire technology, and is capable of travelling at a maximum speed of Mach 2.
Image: GKN Aerospace, engine maintenance inspection of the RM12 engine. Photo: GKN Aerospace.