What opportunities do you see for Saab in India, both in the short term and the medium term, across services?
We have participated in a number of programs with various arms of the defence forces and are quite pleased with the progress of different programs.
Saab has a wide portfolio of products and we are in dialogue with the armed forces and homeland security for a whole range of sophisticated equipment, including camouflage, battle management systems, air defence systems, ground combat systems, advanced surveillance and foliage penetrating radars, naval and coast guard systems, electronic warfare systems, communication equipment and avionics among others.
Saab is currently pursuing many individual opportunities in the requirements of the Indian defence forces. All of Saab’s Business Areas are active in India offering high-tech solutions and products such as the C4I, EW (Self Protection Systems), Signature Management, Missile & Weapon Systems, Aeronautical Platforms, Sensors (Radars), Maritime Security and Civil Security, LPI Radars and Sea Giraffe.
Can you elaborate on the recent successes that Saab has had with the Indian armed forces, across domains?
Saab has received two orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter.
These orders follow initial serial production orders received in 2008 and further establish Saab as a local partner to the Indian Industry and provider of high tech products and systems to the Indian Armed Forces.
With these orders we continue to build on our very successful partnership with HAL. The fact that HAL and the Armed Forces have continued to show faith in the IDAS system is a testimony of the effectiveness and reliability of the solution
Many multinational companies operating in India are forging partnerships or joint ventures with Indian companies. Does this appeal to Saab?
Given the right market situation, prospect or realization of a mature order, Saab will certainly consider investing in joint ventures in India. Saab has invested in Indian companies, particularly Pipavav and Quest. These are irrespective of the equity levels allowed currently.