Saab, Malaysia mull weapon tech collaboration

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) — Swedish aerospace and defence company, Saab International Malaysia Sdn Bhd, is keen to establish smart partnerships with local companies to venture into areas such as radar and weaponry.

Its Managing Director, Thomas Linden, said the company was also keen on technological tranfer.

saab_mal“We have been here (Malaysia) since 1970. Our strategies are to help South-East Asia countries, like Malaysia, improve defence capabilities and move to next level,” he told reporters after a briefing session at Malaysia’s National Defence University here Wednesday.

Linden said its smart partnership with DRB Hicom involved working together to develop military systems for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

“We have a long history with Malaysia’s defence industry players … we supply a lot of sophisticated technologies to Malaysia’s air force and navy,” he said.

On Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s decision to postpone buying new Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, Linden said he was optimistic of winning the deal once the government decided to continue with the purchase.


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