SAAF to receive Gripen support trailers, vehicles


The South African Air Force (SAAF) will receive two Gripen support vehicles with trailers under a contract being executed by Denel and Desert Wolf.

Although the project started in 2004, Denel only received the go-ahead to proceed last year and contacted Desert Wolf to come on board. The contract involves two Sprinter 519 vehicles and two trailers.

The package also includes a dome tent and trailer than can sleep four people. Two generators will supply power.

Hennie Kieser, Managing Director of Desert Wolf Consulting, said Desert Wolf received the order from Denel at the end of last year for developing the Complete Data Pack for the Gripen Support Vehicle and Support Trailer system (M-TIES). “The PBL Data Pack has now been completed and the next step will be the final design and manufacturing of two complete systems,” Kieser told defenceWeb.

Two Mercedes Sprinter vehicles have been procured by Denel and modification work on these will start shortly. Desert wolf will be installing various systems in these vehicles and will also supply two large LEO Wide body trailers. One Sprinter with one Desert Wolf LEO will be a comprehensive and complete Gripen support system, supporting the South African Air Force’s 26 Gripen fighter jets on deployments.

Kieser also told defenceWeb that Desert Wolf has received an export order for two fully equipped Desert Wolf Emergency Rescue Trailers, which will be shipped to Zambia in the next two months.