South African democracy institute IDASA visited Saab

A delegate from the democracy institute IDASA in South Africa, today visited Saab to learn more about the company and Gripen.

Justin Sylvester, IDASA, Lars Jagerfelt, Saab and Lennart Molin from
Christian Council of Sweden

IDASA is an independent institute working with democracy issues. The delegate visiting Saab was particularly interested in how the Gripen-contract affects South Africa.

- Saab is very interested in the democracy process that also aligns with our Code of Conduct and since South Africa is a very important home market for Saab we welcome these kinds of meetings and discussions, says Mr Lars Jagerfelt, Head of Public Relations at Saab in Linköping.

South Africa signed a contract for 26 Gripen state-of-the-art multi-role fighters in 1999 to modernize the South African Air Force’s (SAAF).

- I am happy to hear that Saab has signed both the Code of Conduct anti corruption and Arms Trade Treaty. This meeting has been a real eye opener for me. I now have a better view of Saabs role in the community. This visit gave me a fuller picture, says Justin Sylvester after his visit at Saab.


Saab South Africa:
Saab has around 1200 employees in South Africa and forms an integral part of the company meeting military and civil security needs both in Africa and around the world.

Operations in Centurion:
Airborne and Landbased Electronic Warfare systems
Command & Control Systems
Security Solutions
Support and Services
Gripen Support Office
Saab Denel Aerostructures
Saab Grintek Technologies

Operations in Pretoria:
Grintek Ewation

Operations in Cape Town:
Naval EW

Operations in De Aar:
Sanabo Demil (Pty) Ltd