Interjet awarded R60m Caravan contract


The South African Air Force is paying Interjet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd R60 million for the provision of product support services for the Cessna C208 Caravan light transport. The contract takes the value of maintenance work on the aircraft to R88 467 925.77 since 2007.

The SAAF operates 13 of the aircraft after acquiring the type in 1988. One of these crash-landed near the Kei River mouth area of the Eastern Cape last month and is to be written off. The aircraft, of 41 Squadron, from Pretoria, was participating in the air service’s annual Exercise Winter Solstice at the time.

The SAAF uses the type as a light transport, aerial surveillance and electronic warfare (EW) platform. In 2007 the SAAF awarded a contract on Aerosud and Denel under Project Koiler for a day/night reconnaissance system for the C208.The contract involved the acquisition of three sets of mission equipment and the modification of 11 aircraft. The aircraft, so equipped, was successfully used in Operation Kgwele, the drive to secure last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup and this year’s World Cup.

EW niche company Sysdel has also outfitted some Caravan aircraft as EW platforms. The SAAF believes the C208 an serve at least another decade.



Provision of product support services for the South African Air Force Cessna caravan 208 aircraft

ELGS/2010/528          11 Aug 2011    R60 000 000,00                  Interjet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd         


Provision of product support services for the South African Air Force Cessna caravan 208 aircraft

ELGS/2010/36            5 Aug 2010    R7 786 400,00             Interjet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd


Product support services for the CESSNA Caravan 208 aircraft – extension of ELGS/2004/1

LGS/S2010/4410        23 Jun 2010    R1 450 909,00              Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2009/4081        3 Sep 2009    R4 758 382,00               Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2008/3954        26 Mar 2009    R2 837 782,00             Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2008/3815        2 Oct 2008    R121 527,06                  Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2007/3646        21 Feb 2008    R438 596,00                Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2007/3591        8 Nov 2007    R3 508 771,83              Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2007/3530        13 Sep 2007    R2 916 855,88             Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2007/3435        23 May 2007    R4 648 702,00             Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd