History

Saab has enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Australia and New Zealand. It began through Saab’s subsidiary Bofors which provided guns for the Australian Navy during World War II.

 

Beginning with the transfer of the 9LV combat management system technology from Sweden to Australia from 22 August 1988, Saab now has a workforce of over 300 Australians, mostly in Adelaide but also in five other states. Saab’s Australian expertise now directly supports Saab’s global activities and the following major capabilities have been provided to the Australian Defence Force:

  • Carl Gustaf weapons to the Australian and New Zealand armies since the 1960s
  • Camouflage equipment to the Australian Army since 1984
  • RBS 70 air defence missile system from 1984
  • 9LV combat management system for the ANZAC class frigates and amphibious LHDs from 1995
  • ISCMMS ship control system for the Collins class submarine in the 1990s
  • Battlefield Command Support System since 1998
  • Tactical Command and Control System for Armies Ground Based Air Defence 
  • Double Eagle Underwater Vehicle on Huon Class Minehunters since 1999
  • BOL decoy system on the RAAFs F18 aircraft
  • Radio Repair equipment for the Australian Army
  • Giraffe AMB radars in Afghanistan from 2010
  • Multilink Datalink upgrades for ANZAC and LHD class ships
  • ANZAC Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade
  • Counter-IED training for the Australian Army
  • Base Security Improvement Program for Australian Defence bases since 2014

Saab's capabilities in Australia extend well beyond the Defence environment and include:

  • Saab A340 civilian aircraft flown by Rex Aviation
  • Security management system for prisons and other facilities in Australia and New Zealand.
  • AIS Transponder systems for civil and military ships
  • Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS) for Airservices Australia
  • Remote underwater vehicles for offshore oil and gas  

The local expertise developed through these programs now allows Saab Australia to export defence and security technology to other countries including Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, India and Sweden.