Saab has signed a multi-year maintenance agreement with the Swedish Armed Forces to provide further support to the air force’s Sk 60 jet trainer fleet.
The deal – worth US$90.4m (Skr875m) – was announced by the defence firm on May 20 and will be valid from July 1 to 2025, with an option for extending the contract to 2026. This agreement is a continuation of a similar contract signed in 2015.
As part of the deal, Saab will continue to serve as the primary supplier for the Flygvapnet’s (Swedish Air Force’s) Sk 60A/B fleet. It will also be responsible for the operation, maintenance and availability of the aircraft.
Ellen Molin, head of Saab’s Support and Services business area, said: “This contract ensures that the Swedish fighter pilots continue to get really good training, due to the air force’s Sk 60 fleet being available for several years to come.”
The Sk 60 is the Swedish military designation for the Saab 105 twin-engine jet trainer aircraft. The platform conducted its maiden flight in 1963 and entered service with the Swedish Air Force in 1967. As of May 22, the service operated 28 Sk 60As and nine Sk 60Bs. From mid-2011, the company upgraded Sweden’s Sk 60A/B fleet to allow for greater commonality between it and the air arm’s Gripen multi-role fighter fleet. This upgrade included the installation of new GPS and improved communication systems.