Denel Aviation has been awarded a R4.972 million contract to provide product support for various onboard and ground equipment associated with the South African Air Force’s Hawk and Gripen fighter fleets.
The order is an extension of an existing contract first awarded in 2009. The reference number was previously only associated with the BAE Systems Hawk Mk120 but now appears to include the Saab Gripen also.
The SAAF operates a fleet of 24 BAE Systems Hawk Mk 120 lead-in fighter trainers. Part of the 1999 Strategic Defence Package, the first two aircraft were delivered to the SAAF on May 24, 2006 and the last by August 2008. National Treasury that year said the 24 aircraft acquired as Project Winchester had cost R7.2 billion. With the exception of Hawk SA 250, the flight test and development aircraft, which was built in the United Kingdom, all of its other Hawks were assembled at Denel’s aircraft factory at Johannesburg International Airport in Kempton Park east of Johannesburg.
The Gripen advanced light fighter aircraft is being acquired as part of the R19.908 billion Project Ukhozi. South Africa ordered 28 Gripen C & D advanced light fighter aircraft in 1999 as part of a “strategic defence package”. The order was later trimmed to 26. The last of these will be delivered early next year. The Gripen were acquired as a package with 24 BAE Systems Hawk Mk120 lead-in fighter trainers.
Product support for the SA Air Force’s Hawk and Gripen aircraft components, LRU’s SRU’s and ground support and test equipment – extension of ELGS/2007/519
LGS/S2011/4784 18 Aug 2011 R4 972 730,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation
Product support for the SA Air Force’s Hawk aircraft components, ground support and test equipment – extension of ELGS/2007/519
LGS/S2010/4518 20 Oct 2010 R1 358 050,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation
LGS/S2009/4230 11 Feb 2010 R142 983,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation
LGS/S2009/4198 26 Nov 2009 R782 883,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation
LGS/S2009/4021 6 Aug 2009 R1 953 821,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation
Component, LRU and SRU Repair/ overaul & GS & TE Calibration for the SAAF’s Hawk MK120 aircraft
ELGS/2007/519 29 Jan 2009 R3 000 000,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation