Saab’s new factory in India: A step towards self-reliance in defence


Saab’s defence factory in Jhajjar, Haryana: Saab, a Swedish aerospace and defense company, has been a trusted supplier for India’s defence and security forces for over four decades. In a significant move, Saab, after receiving approval for 100% foreign direct investment, has established a new company, Saab FFVO India Pvt Ltd. This company will fully own a new manufacturing facility and produce the Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon.

Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area Dynamics, said the company was proud of constructing its first facility outside Sweden for Carl-Gustaf, a product with a long history with the Indian Armed Forces.

Håkan Jevrell, State Secretary for Foreign Trade, Sweden, said that Saab’s factory will be the first foreign fully-owned defence production facility in India, marking an important milestone for Sweden and India.

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Saab's new factory in Jhajjar, Haryana in India.

Saab’s new factory in Jhajjar, Haryana in India (Artwork).

The facility is being built in Haryana at the MET City at Jhajjar, a state known for its strong industrial base of potential partners and skilled employees.

Saab will partner with Indian suppliers and will fully meet the requirements of “Make in India” for the systems manufactured in the facility. The new factory will deploy complex technologies including the latest sighting technology and advanced carbon fibre winding to manufacture Carl-Gustaf M4 for the Indian armed forces.

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Saab Carl Gustaf M4 System India.

Carl Gustaf M4.

Saab’s Carl-Gustam Rocket Launcher

The Carl-Gustaf system has been in service with the Indian Army since 1976 and is established as the main shoulder launched weapon in the Indian Armed Forces.

This move aligns with India’s “Make in India” initiative in the defence sector, which aims to promote indigenous design, development, and manufacturing of defence equipment, thereby reducing dependency on imports. It also supports India’s goal of achieving self-reliance in armament production.

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