Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, relating to future fighter aircraft development. The contract includes studies on future combat air capabilities. The study is preparatory in nature and its purpose is to widen the work on how future combat air capabilities can be developed and realised. The order value is approximately SEK 250 million. The Saab main focus of aircraft production is fighter aircraft. Saab has been making aircraft since the 1930s, and the jet predecessors of the JAS 39 Gripen were the Tunnan, the Lansen, the Draken and the Viggen.
“I am very pleased that we have received this order, which enables development of future capabilities. It means that we can intensify our work to develop new concepts, technologies, and other endeavours required to achieve relevant operational capability and which will prepare the future for Saab’s fighter technologies,” said Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area.
“Svenska Aeroplan AktieBolag” (Swedish Aeroplane Company Limited, SAAB) was founded in 1937 in Trollhättan, with the merger of Svenska Aero AB (SAAB) and Linköping based ASJA the headquarters moved to Linköping. The style “Saab” replaced “SAAB” around 1950. The basic initial development was the problems for the Swedish government to get quality military aircraft delivered at the beginning of the Second World War. From then on the Swedish government focused on establishing domestic production and development of military aircraft which Saab became involved in, a policy that has continued to this day.
Saab is a leading defence and security company with a mission to help nations protect their populations and to contribute to the safety of people and societies. With 18,000 talented employees, Saab develops technology and solutions for a safer, more sustainable, and more just world. Saab develops, manufactures, and maintains sophisticated systems within aeronautics, weapons, and sensors, as well as management systems and underwater systems. Saab is headquartered in Sweden, but has global operations through which the company contributes to many nations’ defence capabilities.