Saab has extended its contract with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) to provide arial firefighting aircraft as well as crew and logistics during 2024-2025.
Saab will continue to operate four scooping firefighting aircraft on behalf of MSB. It has also signed a framework agreement which allows MSB to extend the service until 2027, with the option for up to six additional aircraft.
The aircraft are used to support local the rescue services’ capability of coping with forest fires. The aircraft can also be ordered by the EU to support member nations. The aircraft are on standby at Skavsta Airport near Nyköping, Sweden, to be ready for missions in 180 minutes and can be deployed to other locations or provided at shorter standby times if the situation requires.
“I am proud that Saab can continue to provide Sweden and the EU with firefighting capability and this also underlines our ability to support Swedish society on the civil side,” said Lars Tossman, head of Saab’s business area Aeronautics.
Saab has operated the AT-802F Fire Boss firefighting aircraft since 2020 and has carried out more than 60 operative missions in collaboration with MSB and local rescue services, with excellent results.