|The name SAAB is actually an acronym. It comes from "Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget" which means "Swedish Aircraft Company." Our aircraft heritage is more than a novel piece of historical trivia: it's a pervasive design philosophy that sets Saab apart. It's evident in the cockpit-inspired interiors, the ergonomic controls, and the sleek, aerodynamic lines. And you'll feel it in the drive. Saab turbo technology commands swift take-offs, while Saab-tuned suspensions are designed for quick, agile moves.
Over the years, Saab designers have had a hand in creating innovations such as turbo engines, heated seats, active head restraint systems, cabin air filters, headlamp washers and more.
Though today the aircraft manufacturer, Saab AB, is a separate, unaffiliated company, this heritage has undeniably shaped our design philosophy from the very beginning.
Saab AB offers broad-based systems solutions, products and services in civil security, defense, aviation and space as well as related areas in the global market. Gripen, developed by Saab AB, is the first of the new generation, multi-role combat aircraft to enter service. Gripen is in service with the Swedish and Czech Republic Air Forces and has also been ordered by the South African and Hungarian Air Forces. The UK Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) is operating Gripen as its advanced fast jet training platform for test pilots worldwide.
After all, when you used to build jets, you don't build just another vehicle.