Chairman, Saab India Technologies, Jan Widerström

We Are Here With Ambitions for Long Term Strategic Partnership With India and Also to Win Support For Our Near Term Campaigns

Chairman and Country Head, Saab India, Jan WiderströmWhat key technologies and systems would you be showcasing at DefExpo 2018?

Saab is participating in full strength at DefExpo 2018 at Hall 3, Stand 2.1A. At the Saab stand, there are dedicated displays showcasing our key products & systems. We are exhibiting our cutting-edge technologies and capabilities in aviation systems, ground-based air defence systems, ground combat systems, electronic warfare, camouflage products, radars, and naval systems including mine countermeasures and submarine- solutions that demonstrate our long and successful track record in developing ground-breaking technologies and pioneering innovations.

Some of the products on display include: Gripen E and Weapon systems; Electronic Warfare & Early Warning Systems, including the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS), a self-protection system specifically designed for use on airborne platforms; Giraffe 1X Short-Range 3D Radar Surveillance System that protects mobile forces and assets against airborne threats; the truly multi-role Globaleye, which automatically detects and tracks air and surface targets over a huge area; Signature Management Systems; Air Defence Systems; Ground Combat Systems including the Carl Gustaf M4, a man-portable multi-role weapon system; Naval Missile Systems such as RBS 15 Mk3; Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, AUV-62 MR; A26, the world’s most modern submarine programme by Saab; and TAURUS KEPD, the platform independent long-range precision attack missile.

What aspect of your business is your primary focus at this show, and why?

We are here with ambitions for long term strategic partnership with India and also to win support for our near term campaigns, particularly those on Ground Based Air Defence Systems and VSHORAD programme based on Saab’s RBS 70NG.

Saab has committed itself to India’s national defence acquisition plans, be it IDAS or a Barracuda and beyond. We are also showcasing our offering in the naval domain with state-of-art products and systems including A26 submarines, AUV-62 MR autonomous underwater vehicles, RBS 15 surface to surface missile systems and air surveillance solutions like Saab GlobalEye. We are keen on building newer partnerships for ‘Make in India’ and want to capitalise upon emerging opportunities across the spectrum.


What are your expectations from the show?

Saab’s presence at DefExpo 2018 is based on our commitment to contribute to India’s ambition to build an indigenous defence industry of global standards. We see very exciting opportunities of collaboration with Indian industry. Saab officials and team will be present at DefExpo to meet important stakeholders, current and potential customers as well as potential partner companies.

We firmly believe that the Indian government’s approach towards ‘Make in India’ has great synergies with Saab’s approach to enabling development of defence industries through technology collaborations.

Saab’s Make in India vision — for systems such as Gripen aircraft, RBS 70 NG VSHORAD & BAMSE SRSAM missile systems — focuses on capability development from day one. It involves transfer of critical latest-generation technology to Indian industry, and defence R&D institutions. It involves working closely with Indian partner companies and suppliers at all levels, to design and develop the most advanced systems and sub-systems in India. It involves introducing processes and quality systems that are at par with the best in the world. It involves Research and Development partnerships between Indian and Swedish universities that will enable India to design, develop, produce and support future defence systems — that are then exported to the rest of the world.

Our concept of technology transfer is real as we are willing to give India comprehensive system and software control. In short, Saab is not only looking at setting up a base here, but also helping in the development of aerospace and defence capability for decades to come.

We are intensifying our operations in India with a long term perspective.

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