• 2017

      Saab celebrates 80-year jubilee

    • 2015

      Major contract with the United Arab Emirates for the new radar system Swing Role Surveillance System

    • 2014

      Saab and Thyssen Krupp announce signing of a letter of intent pertaining to Saab’s purchase of Kockums.

    • 2010

      Reorganisation into six business areas

      New CEO: Håkan Buskhe

    • 2009

      Major initiative begun in research and development of new-generation radar system

    • 2006

      Saab becomes sole owner of Ericsson Microwave Systems and Saab Ericsson Space

    • 2000

      A major change. Saab and Celsius (including former Bofors) merge and gather aircraft, missile and avionics manufacture at Saab. Bofors’ artillery operations, including intelligent ammunition, are transferred to BAE Systems.
      Bofors is split between Saab Dynamics (missiles and light support weapons) and BAE Systems Bofors AB (barrel systems and ammunition), which is included in the defence group BAE Systems Inc.

    • 1999

      Saab acquires defence group Celsius.

    • 1992

      Bofors merges with Förenade Fabriksverken i Eskilstuna and forms the company Swedish Ordnance in the Celsius Group.

    • 1990

      Aviation and motor vehicle production are separated: General Motors takes over automobile production in newly formed Saab Automobile AB. Scania becomes a separate company. The remaining parts stay in Saab AB.

    • 1988

      First test flight of JAS 39 Gripen

    • 1987

      With an eight-metre long Stirling section, the Näcken became the first Stirling-powered submarine in the world. With the Stirling technology, a submarine can remain submerged for several weeks at a time. The nearly silent machinery also makes the submarines more difficult to detect.
      Civilian shipbuilding phased out. The company is now called Kockums Marine AB and focuses on the construction of military vessels.
      Kockums receives a huge export order valued at SEK 15 billion from Australia to build six submarines for the Australian Royal Navy. Kockums built the forebody, mid-section and two platforms for the first Collins submarine in Malmö.

    • 1977

      First delivery of the Giraffe antiaircraft radar system

    • 1969

      Scania-Vabis AB merged into Saab-Scania AB.

    • 1965

      The company changes its name to Saab AB.

    • 1962

      The submarines Draken, Vargen, Nordkaparen and Springaren launched. The first series to be fully designed by Kockums and a confirmation that the company had achieved the capability to produce its own submarines.
      Ericsson develops the first fully Swedish-made aircraft radar for Saab 35 Draken.

    • 1955

      Maiden flight of Saab 35 Draken

    • 1952

      Maiden flight of Saab 32 Lansen, which was used by the Swedish Air Force from 1956 until 1997.

    • 1948

      Maiden flight of Saab 29 Tunnan.

    • 1946

      Development begins of antitank rifle, 84 mm m/48, at FFV in Eskilstuna, but barrels manufactured by Bofors. The antitank rifle goes under the name Carl-Gustaf outside of Sweden.


    • 1945

      Maiden flight for Saab 91 Safir, 20 November. Until the Saab 340, the plane was Saab’s most successful export. It was used by several flight schools and air forces. Total of 323 produced. Designed by Anders Johan Andersson.
      A unique subterranean shop facility in Linköping was put in service, measuring 20,000 square metres.

    • 1942

      Statens Uppfinnarnämnd (a government organisation for promoting innovations for the Swedish military), Bofors, L M Ericsson and Saab begin joint research on ekoradar, the Swedish name for radar.

    • 1939

      Svenska Aero AB buys out competitor ASJA and moves head office to Linköping. In practice, it is ASJA that takes over the Saab brand.
      At an extraordinary meeting of shareholders, Torsten Nothin was elected as chairman of the board, a post he holds for nearly 20 years. The board included Marcus Wallenberg, but not Axel Wenner-Gren.
      New CEO: Ragnar Wahrgren
      Second World War breaks out and Bofors plays a key role in equipping the Swedish Armed Forces.

    • 1937

      Svenska Aero AB founded with head office in Trollhättan. Behind the new company are Bofors and Ab Ars (subsidiary of the Electrolux Group). Among the founders are: Marcus Wallenberg, Axel Wenner-Gren, Sven Wingquist. Agreement is reached in January for the shares to be equally distributed between ASJA and Bofors, and AB Förenade Flyverkstäder, AFF, is founded on 31 March. The governor in Stockholm, Torsten Nothin, was appointed as chairman of the board for AFF.


    • 1936

      Defence decision entails significant build-up of the air force. This is interpreted to mean that by 1943, Sweden should acquire 297 warplanes and 95 training aircraft.
      Discussions were initiated between ASJA and Bofors on forming a single company for the manufacture and design of aircraft.

    • 1932

      ASJA buys Svenska Aero from Carl Clemens Bücker for SEK 250,000. The purchase included a previously placed order for seven fighter aircraft of the type J6 Jaktfalken.

    • 1930

      ASJ’s aircraft department is formed, ASJA, on the initiative of managing director Erland Uggla. The head of the department was Sven Blomberg.

    • 1914

      The shipyard delivers the first submarines to the Swedish Navy, the Svärdfisken and Tumlaren, and submarine production becomes the main focus of the company’s operations.


    • 1907

      AB Svenska Järnvägsverkstäderna, ASJ, founded in Linköping by the brothers Carl Johan and Erland Uggla.