Saab AB received an $18 million order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) to perform Gripen aircraft support and maintenance during 2016, the company said Thursday.

This order is an extension of a 2012 agreement to provide performance-based support and maintenance for Sweden’s  Gripen fighter aircraft to ensure continued aircraft operations. The contract includes technical support, publications, spare equipment, and component maintenance.

Gripen C/D. Photo: Saab.
Gripen C/D. Photo: Saab.

The new order also covers the further supply of spare equipment.

“Well functioning support and maintenance are essential to maintain efficient operations and availability of a country’s air force. Today’s order will ensure that for the Gripen system,” said Jonas Hjelm, head of the support and services business area of Saab.

The contract work is set to occur at Saab’s facilities in Linköping and Arboga, Sweden.