About Saab Latin America

Saab in Latin America

Saab Latin America works with clients to support the region's defence and security market. In this market area, Saab delivers advanced products, services and solutions, including fighter aircrafts, airborne early warning systems, training and simulation, C4I, ground-based air defence, and traffic management for air and maritime. Using our innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab is the regional partner of choice for both military defence and civil security in Latin America.

With staff based in Brazil and Chile, Saab partners with both the armed forces and civil authorities to develop and supply numerous solutions for defence and security. The 2014 contract to supply Brazil's Air Force with Gripen NG fighter aircrafts was the biggest business deal in company's history, and solidified Saab's reputation in Latin America as a trustworthy, reliable partner. In addition to Brazil, Saab also conducts business with the region's Spanish-speaking markets, primarily Chile, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.

Our focus is on building customer relationships, strategic partnerships, and long-term business development in the region. Saab's investments contribute to Latin America's exponential economic growth.

History

Within Saab, Latin America became its own market area in early 2015. But we have been doing business in the Latin America region for a much longer period than that. Already in the 50s Saab sold its first civil aircraft, Saab Scandia, to Brazil. The last of total of 18 planes being delivered in the magical football year of 1958! The Scandia was actually the first aircraft to land at the airport in the capital Brasilia. Today the only remaining Scandia (a part of our history) stands in a museum in Brazil.

In the early 1980s, we started selling products in the military field to this region and has since had a large number of countries with satisfied customers; including Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. RBS70, AT4, Carl-Gustaf and Erieye has been some of the most successful products and solutions. The 2014 contract to supply Brazil's Air Force with Gripen NG fighter aircrafts was the biggest business deal in company's history, and solidified Saab's reputation in Latin America as a trustworthy, reliable partner.