STOCKHOLM, Sweden (BulgarianMilitary.com), July 9, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org
The photo shows a HKP 15 (Agusta A109).
On the 6th July 2018 Saab announced that its Helicopter 15 (HKP 15) support and maintenance contract has been prolonged for the years 2020 and 2021 by FMV – the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The Swedish Armed Forces has operated the HKP 15 for about 15 years by now. Since 2012 Saab has provided flight time availability under an exclusive agreement. Now FMV has exercised the option to extend Saab’s agreement until the end of 2021.
Ellen Molin, head of Saab’s business area Support and Services, commented, “Since the start in 2012, we have worked closely with the end-customer in order to ensure a high level of availability in the HKP 15 system. This extension serves to confirm that our hard work is appreciated and is making a difference.”
Under the $7.41 million HKP 15 support and maintenance contract the company will provide the following services: support and maintenance of all helicopters, which are twenty (twelve operative over land and eight operative over sea), as well as military equipment, mission equipment, and technical personnel; base personnel for command, planning and administration; provision of logistics and equipment, as well as engine maintenance; call options in the form of additional technical personnel and engineering services.
Ellen Molin added, “We are freeing up important resources within the Swedish Armed Forces and are contributing to the capability development taking place at our customer. I am proud of our abilities and the Swedish Armed Forces’ enduring confidence in us.”
As of the moment, the Helicopter 15 is operated from the bases Linköping and Ronneby in Sweden. The major part of the support and maintenance resources of Saab, including base personnel, technicians and mechanics is located at Malmen in Linköping, where the main base for maintenance, inspections and repairs is established. Saab’s permanent personnel is also available in Ronneby. If needed, the company can allocate resources to other sites as it reports.
The HKP 15 is based on the civilian standard helicopter A109 Power from Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland). The Helicopter 15 features good mission flexibility thanks to a wide range of mission equipment. It can be easily and quickly reconfigured for the purposes of the relevant mission profile and may be operated day or night (equipped with Night Vision Goggles) and in adverse weather conditions.