It was a good turnout for Saab’s Sensor Day and the crowd was treated to a mix of technical, albeit general, and operational in-the-field information updates. Generally speaking, sensors collect information and enable us to assess the surrounding environment. That environment is diverse and includes Cyber Security. Saab’s sensors provide its customers with a sophisticated mix of components that, when deployed, helps personnel assess the landscape sufficiently early to enable defensive action. Given that “we’re blind without sensors” it was clear this is a key area of strategic importance where the radar offering includes five areas: Airborne Surveillance Systems, Surface Radar Solutions, Cyber Security, Electronic Warfare Systems and Combat Systems & C4I Solutions that will be consolidated into four next year when Airborne Surveillance Systems and Surface Radar Solutions merge into one unit – Radar Solutions.

Saab highlight the importance of its agile development environment that allows several hundred features to be researched and tested, where some may make their way into existing or new products. Quoting Jane’s Defence, Saab believes the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the period 2019 – 2023 is 4.9% for Command & control and 7% for Electronic warfare. Beyond this growth trend Saab explained their modularity componentry allowed Saab to be used as a whole or key integrator and it may be reasonable to assume, given Saab’s success within the US Navy, that Saab may increase its share of the market.

Overall, it was an interesting series of presentations that show why sensors will play a key role in Saab’s growth strategy.