02 Februari 2017
JAS 39 Gripen C/D and Saab 340 AEW (photo : Greendef)
FMV has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) on support for the Gripen aircraft previously acquired from FMV.
The order includes maintenance and spares supply but also technical support and publication updates and more. It is a three-year order, for the years 2017-2019.
- It feels very good that we have managed to achieve a longer contract with RTAF said Martin Mann, FMV's project manager for the Gripen Thailand. Previously, we had a one-year orders and a further order gives FMV better anticipation and opportunities for planning.
The 12 Gripenflyplanen ordered by the FMV of the two contracts, 2008 and 2011. These were delivered in two batches, in 2011 and 2013, and the subsequent supply contract delivered last in 2016.
- The new support order marks a successful transition from the delivery phase to the operational phase in Thailand, says Martin.
FMV Gripen aircraft in addition also supplying combat control and two Saab 340 AEW airborne reconnaissance radar, and a transport aircraft Saab 340B to RTAF and in December, FMV also an order for support for AEW aircraft's unique components. The order, however, is a year old.
- While this is very encouraging and we continue to work on a longer-term solution, even for AEW systems in Thailand, says Martin.
Order totals are covered by commercial confidentiality.