Saab is pitching its 340-based maritime security aircraft for South Africa's requirement to replace an aged fleet of Douglas DC-3s.

"One of the key products that we are trying to offer to the continent and beyond is our maritime surveillance aircraft," says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, president of Saab South Africa. "The idea for this is to have a more affordable solution."

As part of Saab's efforts, the company is displaying the aircraft at the Africa Aerospace & Defence show, being held near Pretoria.

In the future, Saab also hopes to convince South Africa to buy its airborne early warning aircraft, describing its active electronically scanned array radar-equipped offer as the most advanced platform of its kind in the world.

"This we know is not something South Africa is going to go ahead and buy tomorrow, but maybe in the future," Lewis-Olsson says.

Source: Flight International