In 2012 Saab celebrated its 75th birthday. In 1937, it was clear that Europe was on the brink of a major conflict. In Sweden, neutral and at peace for more than a century, government and industry decided to prepare for the worst. Saab was founded with the mission to secure the nation’s supply of military aircraft as part of our drive to maintain our national security and sovereignty.
Today, 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. Follow our journey through the years. 75 years of creating cutting edge solutions for a safer society.
The first Saab aircraft took off back in 1940, and ever since then Saab has created a stunning series of aircraft, unique in capability and affordability. What is more, we have been able to do so at a fraction of the cost you would expect. This comes from the fact that Sweden as a small country simply had to find another way to create high-performance equipment from a very limited budget.
Today, Saab is active in the areas of air, land and naval defence, as well as civil security and commercial aeronautics. Our heritage of innovation and efficiency applies to all these spheres and we can definitely benefit from this broad-based background, as the defence industry increasingly has to work under commercial conditions.
More than half of us are engineers. More than one fifth of our revenues are set-aside for R&D. We foster a culture and a working climate whose cornerstones are competence, teamwork, ethics and values. Ingenuity, loyalty and dedication are essentials in an organisation where the seemingly impossible is a constant challenge.
In order to learn and to find new ways of working we seek partnerships and co-operation opportunities all over the world. This often takes the shape of a joint venture where we assist in the development of the partner nation’s development of its own defence and security industry. And as part of the result we help create jobs on a long-term basis, as well as additional export income.
We take our role in society very seriously. Our vision is that everybody should be able to feel safe and we seek ways to envision what the future may bring. Looking ahead and being prepared can help eliminate problems and reduce threats. That’s why we strive to anticipate tomorrow.