Saab Wins Thai Air Force ACCS Order
By WENDELL MINNICK
TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Sweden-based Saab Group has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force for an extension of an Air Command and Control System (ACCS), which was delivered by Saab in 2010.
The system is part of the air defense system consisting of the Saab Gripen fighter and the Saab 340 Erieye airborne early warning (AEW) system.
"We are delivering an advanced air command and control system, which forms a vital part of the Thai air defense system," Gunilla Fransson, head of Saab's Security and Defence Solutions, said in a press release issued Oct. 3. "The order is a yet another milestone in the cooperation between Thailand and Saab, in a market that is very important for us."
The 104 MSEK contract will run between 2011-2013.
In 2007, Thailand announced a decision to buy 12 Gripen fighters and two Erieye AEW aircraft for a total of $1.1 billion, ending the four-year debate over how the country would replace its aging F-5 fighters.