With roots dating back to the 1600s, the company is known for the breadth of products developed and manufactured by the Saab Group and its predecessors. Saab is most closely associated with aviation in Sweden, And Saab has developed and manufactured aircraft since the 1930s, both military and civilian. This includes the Saab 35 Draken, Saab 37 Viggen and JAS 39 Gripen, with industrial development projects that were among the largest in their respective eras and that created a tremendous amount of new knowledge and new applications in a number of areas.
Since the beginning of the 2000s, parts of the defence group Celsius with Bofors have been included in the Saab Group. Bofors became Sweden's leading manufacturer of marine artillery and gunpowder at the beginning of the 20th century, and during the Second World War, the Bofors 40 mm antiaircraft gun was one of the weapons to have a decisive bearing on the outcome of the war. But it is Bofors’ production of antitank and missile systems that lives on at today’s Saab. Examples of these include the Carl-Gustaf antitank rifle and the Bamse missile antiaircraft system.
Kockums in Malmö and Karlskrona developed some of the first Swedish submarines more than one hundred years ago. Kockums has been a part of the Saab Group since 2014 and is now developing next-generation submarines under the working name A26. Visby corvettes are also being built at the Karlskrona shipyard, vessels with a stealth design that makes them difficult to detect with radar.
In 2006, Saab made one of its most strategic acquisitions with the purchase of Ericsson Microwave Systems. The company has world-leading products in radar and surveillance, including the airborne radar system Erieye, the Giraffe ground radar system and the artillery localization radar system Arthur. In recent years, Saab has made major investments in research and development for the next generation of radar systems – technology that will be useful in everything from combating terrorism to monitoring natural disasters and environmental threats.