South Africa orders British Aerospace/Saab Gripen and Hawk Jets


South Africa today announced a package of orders and options for 28 Gripen
advanced fighters and 24 Hawk jet trainers from British Aerospace and Saab AB
of Sweden. South Africa will initially take delivery of nine dual seat Gripen
and 12 Hawk trainers with options on forther 19 single seat Gripen and 12

" We are delighted with the South African Government's decision and look
forward to a sustainable long term partnership, " British Aerospace Chief
Executive John Weston said today.

Saab AB President and Chief Executive Officer Bengt Halse said today: "We are
impressed by the proffesional procurement process and are looking forward to a
long and mutually prosperous
co-operation with South Africa."

The nine dual-seat multi-role Gripen for South Africa are the first export
orders for this
cost-effective system which is alredy in service with the Swedish Air Force.
Designed for low operating cost, Gripen is the first fourth generation fighter
in operational service. Sweden has ordered 204 Gripens.

British Aerospace and Saab will jointly provide an offset programme, which
will generate increases in domestic sales, exports and investments in South
African industry in general and also major direct work for the South African
aerospace and defence industry.

Gripen for South Africa features several new developments including in-flight
refuelling, avionics and communications equipment from Grintek Avitronics of
South Africa. New stores and payload pylons will be designed and produced to
NATO-interoperable specification by South Africa's Denel Aviation.

British Aerospace will deliver 24 dual-seat Hawk 100 Lead-in Fighter Trainers
(LIFT). Hawk is the world's most successful jet trainer with more than 750
aircraft in service or on order for 17 air forces. Hawk 100 has the
versatility and cost-effectiveness that make it the ideal choice to bridge the
gap between South Africa's Pilatus Astra basic trainer and Gripen's advanced,
sophisticated systems.

South African suppliers will receive significant work customising Hawk and
Gripen to meet local requirements. Analysis Management & Systems and Crintek
are already contracted to supply communications, flight safety and airframe
fatigue monitoring systems for the international Hawk 100 programme.

For further information, please contact:

Jan Ahlgren, Vice President Communications & Public Affairs (Saab)
+46-13-18 39 07 +46-70 5183907 (mobile) email:

Locksley Ryan,Director of Communications (British Aerospace) +44-1252 383 836

Linden Birns, (PR Consultant, Plane Talking) +27-21 789 29 77 (office)
+27-82 568 8031 (mobile)

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