The South African Gripen RM122 Engine has always been a top prospect for GKN Aerospace with its versatile performance. Having first launched a Gripen of their own in the 2008, they have decided to continue their contract with the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR) years to come. The contract has been decided to last up to 3 years beginning from November 2017 and will end in October 2020. This new program has been estimated to cost over 8 million US $ and will cover maintance requirements, parts, components, along with technical product support. With the Expansion of the company they are able to perform operations and repairs at locations such as South Africa and Sweden.
With the extension of the contract Aerospace Engine Systems Director of commercial military, Hans Krokstrands extends their gratitude by stating,
” GKN Aerospace is proud to further expand our relationship with the South African Air Force with this contract extension. Our unique and efficient engine maintenance capabilities have supported the Air Force operations effectively since 2008. We thank ARMSCOR for the confidence and we look forward to continue to work together.”
One of GKNs primary focus is to be able to a cost-efficient engine source along with becoming more accessible in the industry. GKN Aerospace and extensive background has allowed for their company to progress over the years as a tier 1 aerospace supplier. The Gripen Fighter originated from GK Aerospace’s Trollhatten facility having experience with fighter jets since the year 1930 with the help of the Swedish Material Agency (FMV).
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