Saab’s Skeldar V-200 unmanned air system (UAS) has been undertaking anti-piracy patrols in the troubled waters off the Horn of Africa and southern Arabia. The rotary-wing, heavy fuel engine UAS has been flying from the Spanish navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) BAM Meteoro, operating in concert with a manned helicopter to support the European Union’s Naval Force Somalia (also known as Operation Atalanta) anti-piracy mission. Saab earlier this year announced a contract to “deploy the Skeldar UAS for maritime operations,” but at the time did not name the customer.
Saab is promoting its 340MSA Maritime Patrol Aircraft solution here at the Paris show (Static D146)–it is available for around the cost of a King Air while offering greater capacity and mission flexibility, according to Saab. Using an airliner as a platform brings with it a level of reliability that is required for intensive use and, while the 340 airframes are second-hand, the Saab factory refurbishes them to an as-new standard.
Saab’s confidence in a growing sector has resulted in the company investing in a demonstrator platform for its 340 maritime security aircraft (MSA) offering. The aircraft’s conversion was completed last month, in time to begin customer demonstrations and appearances at a series of trade exhibitions, beginning with this week’s Farnborough International Airshow.
The Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency presented details concerning a proposal to supply Saab Gripen fighters to the Croatian air force on October 14.
“SimCom Training Centers confirms it is in discussion with FlightSafety International regarding the transition of some FlightSafety training programs to SimCom,” a SimCom spokeswoman told AIN yesterday. “When finalized, the deal will include 14 simulators, ranging in sophistication from advanced flight training devices for the piston-powered models to full-motion simulators for the turboprops.
Saab is offering a version of its 2000 MPA (maritime patrol aircraft) to the Indian navy to answer that service’s medium-range, maritime reconnaissance (MRMR) requirement.
Saab has signed an eight-year contract with Scandinavian Air Ambulance to maintain the group’s seven helicopters and eight fixed-wing aircraft. Scandinavian Air Ambulance’s bases are located in Sweden and Finland. Saab estimates the agreement will generate approximately $7 million in annual revenues.
In November, Saab received the expected follow-on order for six more Gripen fighters for Thailand. Under a government-to-government deal finalized in 2008, Thailand already ordered two Gripen Cs and four Gripen D two-seaters as part of an air defense package that includes a Saab 340 Erieye radar platform. At the time, Thailand signaled its intentions to double its Gripen order with funding outlined in the subsequent five-year cycle.
Saab Avitronics has arrived at the NBAA show having just achieved the first supplemental type certificates for its Civil Aircraft Missile Protection System (Camps). The equipment has been approved for use on two twin-turboprop models, and the Swedish company believes that having made the breakthrough of civil certification it is now ready to pursue STCs for business jet applications.<o:p></o:p>
Scandinavian operators of Cessna’s Citation jets have access to a factory-approved service center in their own region, with the opening of a new facility by Swedish company European Maintenance Service (EMS). Trading as the Nordic Citation Service Center, the operation is located at Gothenburg’s Säve Airport and will provide support for the 500, 525, 550, 560, 560XL and 680 series Citations.
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