SAAB Group, a Sweden-headquartered aerospace and defense company, is interested in providing security and air traffic solutions to the Long Thanh International Airport when it comes into operation, a SAAB official has said.
Most of SAAB’s military applications can be used for civil purposes, Mikael Olsson, SAAB’s vice chairman in charge of sales and marketing, said at a workshop on sustainability co-held by the Swedish Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade on October 6.
In Vietnam’s civil engineering sector, SAAB can contribute new technologies to make the new airport near Ho Chi Minh City
one of the most modern and secure airports in the world, Mr. Olsson added.
“We are in the starting phase in Vietnam right now. We have intention to work with the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam [on the airport project],” Mr. Olsson told BizLIVE
on the sidelines of the workshop.
“We have projects together with the Vietnamese Air Force for command and control systems for the air force. We are looking for the first project for a civilian airport in Vietnam,” he tipped.
Speaking at the workshop, Nguyen Van Thach, head of the Traffic Safety Department under the Ministry of Transport, said not until mid-2017 will the feasibility study on the airport be finished and submitted to the National Assembly for approval.
The project has an estimated cost of over $16 billion and is divided into three phases. The first phase is scheduled to start in 2019 and cost some $5.3 billion.
State budget will be used for the construction of runways, taxiways, and parking lots for airplanes, while private capital will be called for passenger terminals and other auxiliary facilities.