The South African Air Force has spent R9 858 442 on product support for its one Dassault Falcon 900 two Falcon 50 VIP executive jets since August last year. The latest extension of a 2004 support contract, identified as ELGS/2004/19, was awarded July 15 and was worth R789 473 to Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd of Lanseria.
Other recent awards under this contract was R3 508 771 on January 28 and R5 560 198 on August 6 last year.
The SAAF acquired he Falcon 50’s in 1982 and the Falcon 900 in 1992. The SAAF has spent a fair amount of money earlier this decade upgrading these aircraft. In March 2006 over R62.2 million was spent with Duncan Aviation Inc of the US on three contracts to upgrade the Falcon 50’s. The Chief of the Air Force, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano in March 2007 described the aircraft “as good as new.”
All three aircraft are operated by 21 Squadron at Air Force Base Waterkloof.