SAAF orders new Aden gun pod


The South African Air Force has placed an order for the procurement of a 30mm Aden gun and gun pod with British-based Aircraft Equipment International (AEI) Systems. The contract, placed Thursday, is worth just over R2 million.

The Aden is carried on the BAE Systems Hawk Mk120 lead-in fighter trainer, 24 of which are operated by 85 Combat Flying School at Air Force Base Makhado in Limpopo. The first two were delivered on May 24, 2006 and the last by the end of August 2008. The aircraft does not carry an internal cannon and the 30mm Aden is instead carried in a centreline pod. A number of these pods and cannon were acquired as part of the R7.2 billion Project Winchester.

Thursday’s order follows on two smaller spares orders in 2008 and 2009.

Procurement of 30 mm Aden gun and gun pod equipment

ETMG/2010/420 17 Mar 2011 R2 016 742,66 AEI Systems
30 mm Aden cannon spares and gun pod spares for the Hawk aircraft

ETMG/2009/62 17 Sep 2009 R1 664 912,86 AEI Systems
30 mm Aden Cannon spares

ETMG/2008/143 9 Oct 2008 R1 021 319,66 AEI Systems