http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.29Change: -0.14
R/$ = 12.15Change: -0.08
Au 1188.65 $/ozChange: 2.05
Pt 1117.00 $/ozChange: -2.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Nov 24, 2010

Second Gripen fighter order by Thailand a boost for SA aerospace company

Back
Engineering|Africa|Defence|Denel|Industrial|Training|Africa
Engineering|Africa|Defence|Denel|Industrial|Training|Africa
engineering|africa-company|defence|denel|industrial|training|africa
© Reuse this



Thailand’s signing of an order for six more Saab Gripen fighters is welcome good news for beleaguered South African aerospace company Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA), which manufactures major Gripen structures.

“We are very excited whenever Gripens sell into the market, and especially now, with tough times in the market, this is very good news,” DSA Chief Operating Officer Theo Kleynhans told Engineering News Online on Wednesday.

“DSA is the single-source supplier for the rear fuselage and the main landing gear unit fuselage section for the Gripen,” he explained.

“We’re also producing pylons for the previous Thai Gripen order, which are modified pylons. We do not yet know if there will be another pylon order. Thailand might have already ordered enough – customers typically buy pylons separately.”

In Stockholm on Tuesday, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) commander Air Chief Marshall Itthaporn Subhawong signed a contract for six Gripen C fighters and one Saab 340 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. Saab has stated that the contract is worth $317-million and also includes the supply of Saab RBS 15F sea-skimming anti-ship missiles.

This contract is a follow-up to a 2008 deal under which the RTAF acquired four Gripen Cs (which are single-seaters), two dual-seat Gripen Ds, a Saab 340 AEW&C aircraft and a Saab 340 training aircraft. The first Thai Gripen made its maiden flight in September last year.

“We have a business model with Saab, under which we produce eight to ten ship sets a year,” stated Kleyhans. A ship set is a rear fuselage section and a main landing gear unit fuselage section. With the new contract, the production rate will remain the same, but production will now run for a longer period.

“We have delivered more than 100 Gripen ship sets so far. This is repeat business, and good business, for DSA.”

Saab holds 20% of DSA, the rest of the company being in the hands of South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group, Denel.

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
Updated 4 hours ago Irish Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Charles Flanagan told media on Thursday that Ireland was well positioned to play a greater role in Africa, particularly in the aviation, pharmaceuticals and agricultural industries. Flanagan was this week leading a high-level...
Updated 4 hours ago The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed three consultants for work packages as part of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). The contracts, worth a collective M40-million, were awarded to the SMEC-FMA joint venture (JV);...
Updated 4 hours ago JSE-listed Huge Telecom continued to grow its distribution capabilities during the year ended February 28, with the number of business partners increasing by 136, or 47%. Huge Telecom’s connectivity services, which were distributed mainly to small and medium...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
FREDRIK JEJDLING Sustainability becomes an important part of a business’ decision-making process
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96