Company profile

Saab Grintek Defence has reinforced its position as a leading South African defence and security company, bringing capabilities including electronic warfare systems, sensor technology, command and control, training systems, avionics, security and support solutions to the African and international markets.

With new and improved technological systems and solutions, Saab Grintek Defence increases a countries defence capabilities and provides innovative, effective products and services for those tasked to maintain security. The company also works with various stakeholders in gathering data and providing insight into how security threats evolve, and what the best market-customised solutions are.


Saab Grintek Defence is able to work with customers to create solutions that meet their needs and budgets, and many of the company’s solutions can be retrofitted to existing infrastructure, further enhancing their versatility and cost-efficiency.


As the exporting of products represents almost 75% of the South African company’s total turnover, Saab Grintek Defence was awarded the Best Exporter Award by the SA Premier Business Awards in 2013 and 2014. Hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with Proudly South Africa and Brand South Africa, the award recognises the spirit of success, innovation and good business ethics in the economy.


Important markets beyond the country’s borders is where the company intends to maintain and expand its successes include India, Asia Pacific and Europe. On the continent, markets of particular focus include Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria, while the company’s solutions and services are at home in many nations beyond these.


Saab Grintek Defence offers practical services to a wide range of sectors, including conservation, mining, health support services, peace-keeping, air traffic control, weather forecasting and other sectors that require sophisticated military-grade technology to deliver the best solutions for civilian safety and protection. The company’s local aeronautics business focuses on the marketing and sales of all aeronautics products and services, programme components and support for its Gripen Fighter System, supplied to the South African Air Force.


With 650 staff across two campuses in Pretoria and Cape Town, the company represents the second largest of Saab’s workforces worldwide out of the 70 countries in which it operates, with the local team researching, developing, producing, exporting, maintaining and upgrading world-standard technologies.