Saab completes Project DESCENT air navigation upgrades for SAAF


Saab has finished supplying air traffic management (ATM) upgrades to the South African Air Force (SAAF) under Project DESCENT.

Saab said the final site acceptance test took place in March this year and covered six main SAAF bases, at which Instrument Landing Systems and VHF Direction Finding (VDF) systems were replaced.

Saab also commissioned three mobile direction finding systems on mobile towers and installed seven fixed direction finding systems. Five new Instrument Landing Systems and Distance Measuring Equipment and one relocation were commissioned during this period.

The roughly three year-long project saw Saab act as systems integrator, using the Instrument Landing Systems, manufactured by Indra Navia of Norway and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and VHF Direction Finding equipment from Moog (UK).

This was revealed by Derik van Heerden, Executive Manager: CU Africa MA EMEA at Saab Grintek Defence who was speaking to defenceWeb at Land Forces Africa on 7 July.

The six bases involved in the upgrade are Hoedspruit, Louis Trichardt, Waterkloof, Langebaanweg, Ysterplaat and Bredasdorp.