Saab Inaugurates Asia Pacific HQ Office In Thailand

Defence and security company Saab has inaugurated its office in Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Saab has identified Asia Pacific as a focus Market Area where the company will significantly enhance its presence in order to participate in opportunities across the region.

The Bangkok office will operate as a hub for the region. Saab has offices in Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and China. On the occasion, Saab also launched its Thailand specific section on its main website on www.saabgroup.com/thailand.

In order to support the successful Gripen-, AEW- and frigate-programmes and future business opportunities in Thailand and in the South East Asia region, Saab is increasing its presence in Thailand. The headquarters of Market Area Asia Pacific will now be located in Bangkok.

Saab brings to Asia Pacific world leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security.

Thailand has been among the top 10 markets for Saab over an extended period of time. The company has extensive engagement with both defence and civilian sectors of Thailand.

With the intent of cementing its long term presence in the country, Saab has established a strategic long term partnership with AVIA Satcom by acquiring a minority stake of 37% in the company. The cooperation with AVIA Satcom is in full operation since 2011.

According to Dan Enstedt, President  & CEO, Saab Asia Pacific,“Saab is not only a provider of reliable, world-leading technologies; it brings an ethos of trust, reliability and long term relationships. The success of the fighter aircraft, airborne surveillance, military aerospace combat and control systems and naval programs is testimony to the technology, compatibility and service ethos that Saab and Sweden bring to the region. Saab brings to Thailand world leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab and AVIA Satcom are committed to partnering Thailand in building a new generation of defence industry.”

SAAB IN THAILAND

Saab’s partnership with the Royal Thai Armed Forces encompasses the Gripen Air Defence Package, ACCS, Radar Systems and RBS 70 for the Air Force; Carl-Gustaf and BT simulators for the Army and the CMS (9LV) and SGAMB for the Navy. Saab is committed to long term engagement in Thailand to serve and deliver to the needs of the kingdom.

The company enjoys good relations with all arms of the defence forces and works closely with the Swedish Government in upholding and developing its relations with the Government of Thailand.

As part of the Swedish Gripen Air Defence Package, Saab is transferring 100 man-years of advanced aerospace technologies to Thailand. The aim of this transfer of technology is, through long-term partnerships, designed to sustain and positively enhance the aerospace and defense industry in Thailand.

Saab’s engagement with Thailand is with all branches of the government. The defence and security company Saab upgraded the combat management and fire control systems on two frigates of the Naresuan class of the Royal Thai Navy.  The frigates H.T.M.S. Naresuan and H.T.M.S Taksin were equipped with the latest generation of combat management and fire control systems, 9LV Mk4 and CEROS 200 and there was a subsequent order for additional sights and communications equipment to complete the combat suite on the two frigates.

Saab also supplied data-link equipment to the ships, which allows communication between frigates and Thailand’s existing Gripen aircraft and Saab 340s, the latter fitted with the ERIEYE airborne radar system.

Saab also upgraded the command and control system on the aircraft carrier H.T.M.S. Chakri Narubet. The aircraft carrier was fitted with the latest generation of command and control system, 9LV Mk4. Saab also supplied data-link equipment to the ship, which allows communication between the ship and the Royal Thai Air Force’s Gripen fighter aircraft and the airborne radar system Erieye, carried by the Saab 340 AEW.

SAAB IN ASIA PACIFIC

For Saab, Asia Pacific is a key market with large growth and partnership potential. Saab is committed to long term engagement in Asia Pacific to serve and deliver to the requirements of the various countries in the region.

Saab products are in use in a number of countries in the region, including Korea, Japan, China (AIS), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Currently Saab is engaged in delivering on a number of programmes in Thailand as well as pursuing many individual opportunities in many other countries of the region.

All of Saab’s Business Areas are active in Asia Pacific, offering high-tech solutions and products such as the Gripen, Skeldar, Remote Towers, C4I, EW (Self Protection Systems), Signature Management, Aeronautical Platforms, Communication Systems, Surveillance systems, Fire Control and Radar Systems.