Linköping University and Saab establish research center

On Monday 3 May Saab and Linköping University signed a Letter of Intent
to establish a joint center of excellence called LinkLab. The aim of the
joint venture is to consolidate and expand common research and technical
development in the field of aircraft systems, with focus on advanced
systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV:s).

This latest venture is a means of further strengthening and coordinating
the collaboration projects currently being conducted by Saab and
Linköping University. With LinkLab, the parties aim to create a renowned
and respected center of excellence for research and technological
development in the field of aviation.

"This extended cooperation creates new conditions for industrial growth
in aerospace in Sweden. LinkLab also enables synergies with other
business sectors," says Mille Millnert, Dean of Linköping University.

The unique aspects of LinkLab are to be found in the composition of the
project teams, which bring together industrial and scientific interests.
Research will be conducted into areas such as autonomous systems,
decision support, signature management, system architecture, man-machine
interaction, aircraft construction and production engineering.

"The cooperation between Saab and Linköping University aims to make
Sweden a leading European country in aerospace technology," says Lennart
Sindahl, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Saab Aerosystems
in Linköping.

The signing of the Letter of Intent means that Saab and Linköping
University can now progress into an establishment phase defining the
working parameters for LinkLab. In early September the parties will sign
the agreement that will effectively launch LinkLab, which will be
located on Campus Valla in Linköping. A number of projects already in
progress, as well as others about to start, will form the basis of
LinkLab. The partnership will also build a better foundation for new,
extended projects, as well as increased mobility for personnel between
the two organizations.

For further information please contact:

Heidi Wendt, Communications Manager, Saab Aerosystems
Tel. +46 (0)13-18 00 17
Åke Hjelm, Research Communications, Linköping University
Tel. +46 (0)13-28 13 95

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