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Grintek wins South African Air Force AFRAS maintenance order

Date: 18 November 2003

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South Africa's Grintek has won a R21 million (US$3.1 million) contract to service a number of air field radar approach systems (AFRAS) at various SA Air Force bases up to 2007. The AFRAS assists air traffic controllers with bringing aircraft into an air base from a distance of approximately 65 nautical miles.

Grintek AFRAS programme manager Louis van der Linde said the contract made provision for support services at SAAF's Langebaanweg, Ysterplaat, Kapteinskop, Hoedspruit, Louis Trichardt and Waterkloof bases as well as its Test Flight Development Centre at Bredasdorp.

The air traffic control systems to be serviced at the air force bases consist of primary approach radars, precision approach radars, and secondary surveillance radar and display systems.

Grintek is supplying a complete logistic support service, which includes routine preventative maintenance, hardware and software engineering, contract management, training, configuration management, quality assurance and D-level support. The company has provided logistic support to the SAAF's air traffic management service for the last 15 years.

"This all-encompassing solution provides the SAAF's air traffic management with a system availability of 99.7%. This is a very high rate of availability as the system works 24 hours per day," Van der Linde said.



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