Saab's story in Finland began in 1946 when a company called Oy Suomen Bofors Ab was founded, and that name remained unchanged for another 54 years. In 2000 it changed to SaabTech Finland Oy and then again, in 2003, to Saab International Finland Oy.
The Finnish Defence Forces have been equipped with Saab systems since the 1950s. The Finnish Air Force flew 36 Saab 91D Safir training and liaison aircraft between 1958 and 1982. In the 1970s, the procurement of Saab 35 Draken fighters gave the Finnish Air Force an important step forward in capability. A total of 38 single-seat Draken fighters and five two-seat Draken trainers served between 1975 and 2000. Saab’s support for the Finnish Air Force continues to this day. For example, Finland’s F/A-18 Hornet aircraft are equipped with Saab's BOL countermeasure dispensers for self-protection.
Saab has delivered equipment to the Finnish Navy for many decades. To secure Finnish territorial waters, we have supplied Trackfire remote weapon stations for the Jehu-class vessels, 9LV combat management systems, CEROS radar and optronic fire control directors, Sea Giraffe radars, RBS15 surface-to-surface missiles and Sea Lion remotely operated vehicles.
The Finnish Land Forces operate a significant array of Saab equipment. Systems such as the NLAW anti-tank missile, RBS 70 air defence missile system, Giraffe radars, SM-EOD explosive disposal system and KASI live training simulators, all strengthen Land Forces’ capabilities. The KASI live training simulator is used in every branch of the Defence Forces and, with it, a large number of Finnish conscripts have greatly improved their combat skills over the last decade.
Saab has helped to defend Finland for more than 60 years. We have not only delivered systems and equipment, but also worked in cooperation with local industry to ensure Finland’s security-of-supply in every possible situation. We are constantly looking into the future and our goal is to provide safety and security for Finland today, and to help guarantee it in the future.
Every year Saab develops and introduces new, often world-beating, technology, systems and solutions. In every case we strive to combine advanced design and superior capabilities with costs that are always predictable and manageable for today’s era of effective, cost-conscious defence. Saab's innovative, open-minded approach embraces cooperation with our partners. We believe it is essential ensure the transfer of technology, skills and knowledge to allow design work, maintenance and support and reliable long-term operations for all our users. We always seek to work closely with our local customers and local industry, to properly match their needs. Finland is an important partner for Saab and we are clear that Finnish industry and ‘know how’ must continue to grow and expand so that together we can meet the challenges of a constantly changing world and maintain Finland’s safety and security throughout.
Last updated: 15 July 2016 • 10:42