Strict Export Rules

Saab’s products help to make countries, borders, and transports
safer. At the same time that they protect peace and security, they
may also represent a threat if used incorrectly. This entails a great

Saab was founded in 1937 to safeguard Sweden’s access to defence materiel during a tumultuous  time in Europe. Sweden wanted its own defence industry to guarantee its neutrality and independence. Today, a competitive defence industry is an important aspect of Swedish defence and security
policy. To stay competitive and cost efficient, Saab is dependent on exports and collaborations with other countries. A successful defence industry helps to make Sweden an attractive partner internationally. In the same way, international collaborations help to strengthen the Swedish defence industry, which is critical if Sweden is going to meet new security challenges.

What Saab sells to whom

The large 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.

The rules on Swedish defence materiel exports stipulate that there must be security or defence policy reasons for the export and that it does not infringe on Swedish foreign policy. Evaluations are made on a case-by-case basis. ISP takes into account a number of criteria, for example which type of product it is, whether the materiel is intended for combat, other defence materiel (e.g., defensive systems for surveillance and command and control) or products that can be used for both civil and military purposes. Saab sells products in all these areas. The product portfolio also includes civil products, where exports are not governed by ISP.