Saab In India

Through the years, the majority of Saab's business units have been active in India and involved in developing solutions for the Indian Armed Forces in a number of different areas. Saab’s earliest association with the Indian Armed forces can be traced back over three decades, to the first order received for the upgrade of the Carl Gustav Anti Tank System.

Ever since, Saab has only endeavoured to strengthen its ties with India. Following is a brief history of Saab’s association with and presence in India:

  • 1974: First sale of Saab Carl Gustav Anti Tank System.
  • Sep 1995 – 2006: Barracuda sets up office in India.
  • 2002 (April): Upgrade of the Carl Gustav Anti Tank System. An order for the upgrade of the Carl Gustav Anti Tank System was received by the Saab owned company FFV Ordnance AB from the Indian Armed Forces.
  • 2005 (February): Aero India 2005: The first time the Gripen was displayed at Aero India in Bangalore.
  • 2007 (January): Saab’s office in India: Saab established its ties with India with the opening of a company office in New Delhi, India.
  • 2007 (August): Request for Proposal for the Gripen by the Indian Government is welcomed by Saab Team.
  • 2008 (April): Saab offers Gripen to Indian Air Force.
  • 2008 (December): Order for the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite for Helicopters: Saab received production orders from HAL for the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) for the Indian Advanced Light Helicopter.
  • 2009 (January): Saab Office in India formally inaugurated.
  • 2009 (February): Saab participates in Aero India 2009.
  • 2009 (February): Saab signs Agreement with QuEST Global for supply of machined parts.
  • 2010 (February): Saab signs MoU with Samtel: Saab and Samtel Display Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop, manufacture and market the RIGS Head-Up Display. 
  • 2010 (May): The Gripen IN Demo arrives in India for the field trials for the M-MRCA Deal.
  • 2010 (October): Contract with CIM: Saab signs a contract with CIM for the manufacture of machined components for the Boeing 787.
  • 2010 (November): Saab receives an order from the DGLL for a Coastal Surveillance System.
  • 2011 (February): Aero India 2011 - Saab brings one Gripen and two Saab 2000 and Saab 340 aircraft for the show.
  • 2011 (June): Saab and Mahindra announce a strategic agreement: Agreement to establish the Saab India Technology Centre in Hyderabad is announced.
  • 2011 (September): Saab and BEL tie up for enhancing India’s Coastal Surveillance systems.
  • 2011 (September): Saab Ties up with Wipro for the development of Saab’s LEDS.
  • 2011 (September): Saab India Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is established.
  • 2011 (October): Saab India Technology Centre is established in Hyderabad.
  • 2012 (March): Saab participates at Defexpo India 2012.
  • 2012 (March): Saab and Pipavav jointly announce forming of a group called Combat System Engineering Group or "CSEG".
  • 2012 (August): Saab in collaboration with Elcome Marine Services announces the successful implementation of National Automatic Identification System Network in India.
  • 2012 (August): Saab signs MoU for strategic investment in Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering and a Technical Partnership Agreement.
  • 2012 (November): Niklas Nieminen is appointed Managing Director of Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd.
  • 2012 (November): Saab Participates at Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week.
  • 2012 (December): Lars-Olof Lindgren, former ambassador of Sweden to India, takes over as Head Market Area India from December 1, 2012.
  • 2012 (December): Saab Education Initiative DEEP Starts In Andhra Pradesh. Saab India’s CSR initiative, the DEEP program (Diploma Employment Enhancement Program) for Indian College Engineering students starts off in Andhra Pradesh with the first set of 25 students.
  • 2013 (January): DEEP Program Inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh by India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Pallam Raju at V.K.R & V.N.B Polytechnic College, Gudivada, Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh.
  • 2013 (February): Saab India participates at Aero India 2013.
  • 2013 (April): Groundbreaking ceremony with QuEST Global Manufacturing to start the construction of a factory in Belgaum for Aerostructure Assemblies in India.
  • 2013 (May): The first batch of Saab’s Diploma Employment Enhancement Program (DEEP) graduates on May 15th, 2013 from VKR and VNB Polytechnic colleges in Gudivada, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 2013 (May): Saab acquires 3.33 per cent stake in Pipavav Offshore and Defence Engineering Ltd (Pipavav).
  • 2013 (September): Saab receives 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. The orders have a total value of approximately SEK 216 million (USD 33 million).
  • 2013 (September): Saab and Quest inaugurated the Aerostructure Assemblies India facility at Belgaum.
  • 2013 (November): Saab India participates in Sweden India Nobel Memorial week 2013.
  • 2013 (November): Saab signs a distribution agreement with the Indian company Indianeye Security Pvt. Ltd for marketing and distribution of Agile Tactical Engagement Simulation (ATES) equipment to Indian Armed Forces, Paramilitary, Special Forces and Police.
  • 2013 (December): Second batch of Saab’s Diploma Employment Enhancement Program (DEEP) graduate from VKR and VNB Polytechnic colleges in Gudivada, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 2014 (February): Saab India participates in Defexpo 2014.
  • 2014 (February): Saab and the Kalyani Group enter into a strategic alliance to partner and address key Indian Army air defence projects, including the VSHORAD and SRSAM requirements.
  • 2014 (February): Saab and Ashok Leyland team up to meet the SRSAM requirement with a new solution that combines the Saab BAMSE missile system with Ashok Leyland high-mobility vehicles.
  • 2014 (February): Aerostructures Assemblies India Pvt Ltd (AAI) rolls out the first batch of A380 structural assemblies from their facility in Belgaum (India). The assemblies will be delivered to Saab, Linköping, which in turn will deliver the assemblies to Airbus, Filton (UK).
  • 2014 (April): Saab India participates at India Unlimited, an initiative by the Indian Embassy in Sweden to strengthen business and cultural bonds between the two countries.
  • 2014 (October): Saab co-organised KTH Master's Challenge in cooperation with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, ABB and Ericsson.  Saab offered the winners an opportunity to do an internship and write their master’s theses at their offices in both Sweden and India.
  • 2014 (October): Saab selected by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to deploy Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance & Control Systems (A-SMGCS) at five airports in India.
  • 2014 (November): Saab India participates in Sweden India Nobel Memorial week 2014.
  • 2015 (January): Four engineering students win scholarship in the KTH Master’s Challenge 2015.
  • 2015 (February): Saab participates in Aero India 2015.
  • 2015 (March): Saab received follow-on orders 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 Dhruv.
  • 2015 (April): Saab appoints Jan Widerström as Country Head and Chairman, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd, reporting in to President & CEO Saab Asia Pacific, Dan-Åke Enstedt.