Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions from military defence to civil security. With operations on every continent, Saab continuously develops, adapts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
When Saab was founded in 1937 its primary aim was to meet the need for a domestic military aircraft industry in Sweden. Since then Saab has developed to become one of Scandinavia’s premier defence companies. During the last years the markets in which Saab operates have undergone significant changes, with decreased defence budgets in the western world and an increased awareness about changed global threats. As a result Saab has expanded within the civil security field as well as in Air Traffic Management. The CEE region is an important region and in Czech Republic Saab has around 140 employees. The country is considered as a base, enabling expansion of the business into neighbouring Central and Eastern European countries. One of the largest programs is of course the Gripen fighter, in operational service within the Czech Air Force and the Hungarian Air Force. Both countries have decided on prolongation of the current leasing for another 10 years.
Saab’s most important markets today are Europe, South East Asia, Brazil and the US. Saab has around 13,000 employees. Annual sales amount to around SEK 24 billion, of which research and development account for about 20 per cent of sales.