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Saab is Expanding U.S. Footprint and Increasing Investment in Domestic Manufacturing

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Saab is on a mission to expand their presence and footprint in the United States. The company opened three new U.S. offices in 2023 alone, and is continuing its investment in domestic manufacturing with plans for an advanced facility that will enhance U.S. munitions production capacity.

Saab’s production capabilities at these facilities ensures the company is partnering directly with its customers as it continues supporting the engineering and production of cutting-edge products tailor made to fit the needs of the U.S. military. Current facilities that support this important work include:

  • West Lafayette, Indiana: Produces components for the T-7A Red Hawk pilot training system for the U.S. Air Force.
  • Oceanside, California: Assists production of training and simulation programs for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Force-on-Force Training System Next. 
  • Cranston, Rhode Island: Supports Saab’s contract with the U.S. Navy for the MK39 Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target (EMATT). 
  • Quincy, Massachusetts: Contributes to EMATT production for the U.S. Navy, as well as sensor and radar systems production.

Recently, Saab announced plans for a new munitions facility that will act as a center of innovation for weapon system production and supply chain improvements. It will also support the production of critical components for the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) and close combat weapons. Saab anticipates that the facility will generate new jobs with additional potential for long-term expansion.

“Saab is growing its business in the United States and delivering on our promise to increase and modernize domestic production of our close combat and missile weapon systems, which will extend our defense capabilities and ensure the safety and security of military personnel around the globe,” said Erik Smith, president and CEO of Saab in the U.S.

 “We are moving quickly to meet the urgent needs of our customers, building on our decades-long relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces. With capacity for advanced manufacturing and engineering, this new site will be a world-class asset to the American industrial base.”

Final site selection and groundbreaking for the new manufacturing facility is planned for 2024, with production underway by 2026. The facility will feature modernized tooling fitted for key capabilities and the capacity not only to produce systems, but also to test and integrate those systems for more efficient production.