Invitation: Meet the man who says Gripen is a flying computer

With the upcoming Swiss acquisition of the Swedish Gripen fighter aircraft produced by Saab, business and academic contacts between Sweden and Switzerland are intensified.

SWII, the Swedish Innovation Initiative invites you to join a conference on
21 February that brings together stakeholders within software development to build R&D consortia for EUREKA’s Eurostars Programme. Swiss Small and Medium-sized Enterprises meet leading software researchers from Saab, Ericsson,  IBM, ABB, Nagravision, ZHAW, ETH, Chalmers University of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

The Innovative Software Networking Conference takes place on 21 February at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur from 8.30 h to 18.00 h at Technikumstr. 9

We invite you to meet Stefan Andersson, Head of Product Creation at Saab. For many years he was one of the brains behind the Gripen development, a fighter about which he says

“The Gripen is actually a flying computer. Software has become one of the most important features of aircraft today. It is actually made of and made by software. It has become a tool for development and is an enabler of critical applications such as flight control and  mission planning.”

Saab is an international player not only in the defence sector but also in the field of security.

Tommy Eklund, Head of Business and Product Development at Saab Business Area Defence and Security Systems, presents the world’s most advanced prison control system as well as a single crisis management platform that can replace the many emergency phone numbers that many countries still have for different emergency situations.

Other speakers include

  • Johan Carlsten and Professor Jan Bosch, both from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
  • Professor Bertrand Mayer, Chair of Sofware Engineering, ETH Zurich.

While this is not a media event, journalists interested in attending the networking conference are welcome. Please contact the organizers:  

Maja Zoric, Business Sweden in Switzerland, +43 1 402 351523,

For further information about SWII

For further information please contact:

Mike Helmy

Communication Manager Switzerland

+41 (0)79 777 40 30

 Saab Press Centre,

+46 734 180 018

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.