Using the expression “a true servant” is not an exaggeration when it comes to describe the SK60 training aircraft. The aircraft has been in the air for over 50 years and served in active duty within the Swedish Armed Forces since 1967.
The twin-engine trainer aircraft has been the backbone of all flight training for pilots since 1967 and the Swedish Armed Forces’ pilots have racked up many hours in a SK60, side-by-side with an instructor and by themselves, before flying Gripen.
Keeping SK60 flying high
Today Saab signed a SEK400 million agreement with the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, for the extended support and maintenance of the Swedish Air Forces’ SK60 trainer aircraft. The contract will be in place for three years starting on 1 July 2017. The extended support agreement means that we maintain responsibility for ensuring that the trainers will be fully airworthy and available within the Swedish Airforce wings, in accordance with Swedish Armed Forces’ requirements
Since 2008 Saab has a long-term commitment with the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, to assume full responsibility for the SK60 aircraft system, which means that as main supplier Saab is responsible for the operation, airworthiness, maintenance, logistics and design of all SK60 aircraft. Furthermore Saab has upgraded the avionics, including instruments and panels in the 37 operational SK60 aircraft.
Saab has been working with support and maintenance for the SK60 fleet since 2008.
A true servant
Saab developed the SK60 aircraft system in the 1960´s. The aircraft's first test flight took place on 1 July 1963. 150 SK60s have been produced, with five different versions existing. In the late 1990´s 106 aircraft, in version A, B and C, were upgraded with new engines. A further 40 aircraft were produced as an export version for the Austrian Air Force.
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