Saab to buy Swedish submarine shipyard

Germany’s ThyssenKrupp has agreed to sell its Swedish
submarine shipyard to Swedish defence firm Saab for 340 million Swedish crowns
($53.51 million).

Reuters reports that deal follows ThyssenKrupp’s failure to reach
a deal for a new generation of submarines with Sweden which had been looking
for ways to share development costs with other potential buyers of its A-26
submarine.

“This acquisition is in line with Saab’s ambition to
increase its capabilities in the naval domain. This move further strengthens
Saab’s status as a comprehensive supplier of military systems,” Saab said
in a statement.

According to defence analysts, the sale may result in
opportunities for Saab to make the submarines for the Swedish government.

“Integration and development efforts will now begin to
ensure that operations reach their full capacity. It is important to achieve
synergies with Saab’s current naval business,” said Gunilla Fransson, Saab Head
of Business Area Security and Defence Solutions in the statement.

This process must be allowed to take its course, but at the
same time we begin deliveries of development, maintenance and production work
to the Swedish market.”

The transaction is subject to approval by the board and the
supervisory bodies of ThyssenKrupp Group and the Swedish Competition Authority.
These approvals are expected during July 2014.