The complex security challenges that many nations face today mean that its air force may be required to engage in deployed operations in remote locations, mobilise the resources needed to maintain equipment at forward operating bases (FOB) and prepare units for operations. An air force must have the flexibility and preparedness to rapidly accommodate its fighter aircraft in a hangar and be able to perform a wide spectrum of support activities. This ensures that the aircraft will be ready for operational use – even in harsh and isolated locations far from developed areas. Creating a stable and secure environment is vital to mission success and personnel safety.
All Air Force Operations Require Aircraft Maintenance
When operating in remote environments, it is imperative that appropriate maintenance capabilities exist to ensure aircraft availability and mission readiness at all times.
“The Swedish Air Force has utilized the concept of deployable maintenance capability in several missions as well as during joint international exercises. With our Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility you can carry out additional preventive and corrective maintenance tasks at organizational level at the forward operating base. The robust design and minimal maintenance requirements make it ideal for semi-permanent use, or to complement or even substitute stationary facilities at main bases,” says Christoffer Rashdan, Business Development Director at Saab´s Support and Services business area.
Gripen was originally designed for flexible deployment with a small logistics footprint. This was due to the Swedish Air Force’s policy during the Cold War to operate out of a number of dispersed bases across the country. Keeping staff resources, support systems and spares to a minimum was therefore of the highest priority. As a result of this, Gripen was designed to operate from runways measuring only 17 x 800 metres. This means it can land on a regular highway, which further improves its logistical flexibility.
“Due to its small logistics footprint and ability to be rapidly deployed, the Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility supports operations out of dispersed bases. This means Gripen and our deployable maintenance concept are a perfect match,” concludes Christoffer Rashdan.
Saab’s Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility in detail.
• Saab’s Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility
• Gripen Support