South Africas Grintek selected in Gripen communications system contract


South African high technology company Grintek Electronics Systems has
been selected to supply communications units for the advanced swing-role
Gripen fighter.

The US$4,3-million order requires Grintek to supply units for
incorporation into the Gripen's audio management system. This order
specifically covers the manufacture, delivery and installation of the
units for Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters to be delivered from 2002

Grintek's contract follows a previous order it secured in October 1998
for the development and delivery of Audio Management System prototypes.
The international export version of Gripen will be equipped with an
Audio Management System based on Grintek's GUS 1000 system which was
developed in South Africa.

This latest order forms part of Saab and BAE SYSTEMS' seven year US$1.5-
billion DIP commitment linked to South Africa's purchase of 28 Gripen
fighters and 24 Hawk lead-in fighter trainer aircraft.

To date Saab and BAE SYSTEMS have placed DIP contracts with South
African companies which are acknowledged by the South African Government
to be worth more than US$800-million.

Notes on Gripen:
Gripen is the world's only fourth-generation multi-role/swing-role
fighter in active service. It is produced and marketed internationally
by a joint-venture company owned equally by Sweden's Saab and the UK's

Designed to meet all known and perceived 21st century defence threats,
Gripen is the only fighter in service today with designed-in easy
maintenance and low operating costs. Gripen is unique as an operational
fighter that combines high performance and outstanding manoeuvrability
with a fully integrated digital information system, precision engagement
weapons and advanced reconnaissance capabilities for the future air war.

For further information please contact:
Jan Ahlgren, Vice President Communications and Public Affairs, Saab AB
Tel: +46 (0) 13-18 39 07, Mobile: +46 (0) 705-18 39 07
John Neilson, Head of Communications, SAAB-BAE SYSTEMS Gripen
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 38 4795, Mobile: +44 (0) 802 33 7704
Linden Birns, Plane Talking, PR for Saab-BAE SYSTEMS, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 789 29 77, Mobile: +27 82 568 80 31
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