LIMA Is A Great Occasion To Showcase Saab’s Commitment To Malaysia

Ahead of LIMA 2017, Thomas Linden, Vice President, Head of Saab Malaysia, elaborates on Saab’s plans for this major aerospace and maritime show, and explains how Saab continues to cooperate closely with the Malaysian defence industry.

At LIMA 2017, what can we expect from Saab Malaysia?

We are excited to be at LIMA once again. At LIMA 2017 we will meet a lot of our customers and delegations from Malaysian and regional industry. With a focus on key products such as the Gripen fighter, GlobalEye multi-role airborne surveillance, advanced naval combat systems and Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft, we will give our customers and partners an in-depth understanding of Saab’s unique capabilities, and engage in meaningful discussions with many stakeholders from Malaysia and across the region.

A special attraction will be the live demonstrations of Sea Wasp, Saab’s latest generation underwater remotely operated vehicle. The system is designed to locate, identify and neutralise of IEDs, specifically in confined areas and challenging environments at ports and harbours. All Saab products and solutions  provide armed forces with cutting-edge capabilities that meet their needs, while always remaining cost efficient through affordable acquisition and low life cycle costs.  

What message does Saab send in its participation at LIMA 2017?

We want to show the people of Malaysia the success of current Saab programmes in southeast Asia and our commitment to Malaysia and the region. Saab delivers enhanced and sustained capabilities through its innovative thinking. We give our customers the edge they need to stay ahead, by offering the latest technology for superior combat effectiveness, but always in an affordable package.  That’s what we mean when we say ‘Giving Your Capability The Edge’. Saab’s approach all around the world is to create durable partnerships and build capabilities in domestic industry by sharing technology based on open system architectures.

We can provide individual systems but also integrate our products and solutions effectively into existing systems. Malaysia can rely on Saab’s thinking edge to deliver innovative products and solutions that enhance its capabilities and deliver smarter outcomes.

Which Malaysian armed forces programmes is Saab currently interested in?

Saab is offering the Gripen fighter and GlobalEye AEW&C to the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Our Gripen offer is a turnkey performance-based lease solution, giving the RMAF maximum operational capability with an advanced multi-role fighter within a very short lead-time. This offer is fully endorsed by the Swedish Government, and includes transfer of technology and complete build-up of support capabilities in Malaysia.

In line with the '15 to 5' transformation plan of the Royal Malaysian Navy, Saab can deliver a full suite of naval systems including complete combat management systems, fire control systems, radars, communications, electronic support measures and missile systems. We are also building on our established relationship with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) by offering fire control systems and communications.

What progress has Saab made in building partnerships with Malaysian companies?

Malaysia is a rapidly growing economy which has made huge growth strides and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Saab recognises and supports this growth, making Malaysia a strategically important market for us. Saab is effectively creating collaborative partnerships that will provide technologically advanced solutions and opportunities for Malaysia’s defence development. We are continuously seeking partnerships with Malaysian companies to facilitate transfer of technology and know-how to support joint business opportunities.