Saab has secured a contract from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to continue supplying support and maintenance services for Helicopter 15 (HKP 15).

The move comes after FMV exercised the option to extend Saab’s agreement until the end of 2021.

Saab has been offering services for HKP 15 since 2012 under a contract to ensure flight time availability.

The two-year HKP 15 maintenance contract extension is valued at more than Skr65m ($7.43m).

Under the contract, Saab will be responsible for support and maintenance of all 20 helicopters, including mission equipment, military equipment, and technical personnel.

“Used as a tactical training helicopter that can also perform rescue missions, HKP 15 has been in operation with the Swedish Armed Forces for nearly 15 years.”

The company will also offer base personnel for command, planning and administration, provide logistics and equipment, including engine maintenance.

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Furthermore, FMV will have an option to seek additional technical personnel and engineering services.

Saab support and services head Ellen Molin said: “Since the start in 2012, we have worked closely with the end-customer in order to ensure a high level of availability in the HKP 15 system.

“This extension serves to confirm that our hard work is appreciated and is making a difference.

“We are freeing up important resources within the Swedish Armed Forces and are contributing to the capability development taking place at our customer.”

Used as a tactical training helicopter that can also perform rescue missions, HKP 15 has been in operation with the Swedish Armed Forces for nearly 15 years.

HKP 15 is based on the civilian standard helicopter A109 Power from Leonardo and operates from two bases in Linköping and Ronneby, Sweden.

Malmen in Linköping, which serves as the main base for maintenance, inspections and repairs, hosts the majority of Saab’s resources for support and maintenance, including technicians, mechanics and base personnel.