Defence materiel exports are a great responsibility

Few areas are as highly regulated as defence materiel. Saab therefore has well-established processes to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations governing export controls. This is critical in order to maintain trust in the business.

The UN Charter establishes that every country has the right – and obligation – to protect its citizens against acts of aggression. A military defence is the ultimate expression of this. For Sweden, a domestic defence industry is an important component in its defence capabilities, allowing it to be independent and participate in international collaborations in defence technology.

Without the ability to sell to and cooperate with other countries, Sweden could not maintain its technological expertise and defence capabilities. At the same time, the export of defence materiel carries with it a great responsibility and is therefore governed by strict rules. The largest part of Saab’s exports is from Sweden, where the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (ISP) determines on behalf of the government which defence products Saab may sell to which countries.

What Saab sells to whom

The export of defence materiel requires a permit from the competent authority. Such permits could be issued if there are security and defence policy reasons for the export and if it is consistent with Swedish foreign policy interests. Decisions on export permits are made on a case-by-case basis where ISP weighs a number of criteria in a comprehensive assessment. ISP also takes into account the type of
product the decision involves.


In Sustainability fact book you can read about how Saab works with the issue, targets, results and planned activities.


Sustainability fact book 2017


Sustainability fact book 2017 (Swedish)