Saab partners on bid for $2 billion Close Combat Vehicle Program in Canada

Saab partners on bid for $2 billion Close Combat Vehicle Program in Canada 
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Defence and Security company Saab and ABB is 
partnering with BAE System in a competitive bid for the Department of National 
Defence (DND) $2 billion Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) program. The Canadian Army 
requires high survival medium weight vehicles for future missions. The bid 
includes a total of 108 vehicles along with an option for the purchase of an 
additional 30 vehicles. 
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A significant portion of the vehicle will be manufactured in Canada through 
the government's Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) program. IRB policy 
requires business activity in the Canadian economy equal to 100 per cent of 
the contract value. 
Saab has named ABB Analytical to source, supply and produce an electro-optic 
control system. This program that will have important impact on the local 
economy, creating about 50 jobs for ABB and sub-contractors located in the 
provinces of Quebec and Ontario as well as extend economic value across Canada. 
"The Saab model ensures job maintenance for engineering and technical staff as 
well as the creation of new jobs. Producing in Canada will provide stability 
to the site and will allow ABB Analytical Measurements to increase its 
contribution to the local aerospace sector in the province of Quebec, Canada," 
confirmed Marc-Andre Soucy, director of the Remote Sensing Industry at ABB 
Analytical Measurements. 
In Canada Saab has been executing IRB obligations for about 25 years, and to 
facilitate the IRBs, as well as provide service and support capabilities Saab 
has established three companies across the country in Dartmouth, Ottawa and 
Ralston and add to that the lately acquired Klein Systems Group Ltd in British 
"With the CCV program Saab is continuing to grow and invest in Canada,  and in 
order to be ready for the start of the program, Saab has already transferred 
its technology to ABB creating opportunities, for the Canadian industry into 
major worldwide procurement programs, " says Patrick Palmer, Executive Vice 
President of Sales and Marketing Saab Technologies Canada, Inc. 
For ABB and its Canadian partners, this project represents an important 
springboard for future expansion of existing capacity as well as collateral 
benefits for other markets. As a key industrial partner to SAAB, ABB long-term 
benefits arising from expanded capabilities and introduction to new business 
areas has a direct impact on its local community. 
"The $2 billion IRB program requires 100 per cent Canadian content, and some 
50 Canadian Companies from coast to coast are expected to be part of the BAE 
Systems team and technology transfer during acquisition and the In-service 
Support phase delivers a significant number of high quality jobs for Canada." 
declares Mikael Segerman (Lt Col), Sales Director Canada, BAE Systems 
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and 
solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations 
and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves 
new technology to meet customers' changing needs. 
Founded in 1973, the ABB Measurement Products facility in Quebec City employs 
more than 200 employees. The company designs, manufactures and markets 
high-performance spectrometers, and is an optical systems integrator and a 
leader in the space and defense markets. The ABB Group of companies 
( operates in some 100 countries and employs approximately 140,000 
people. In Canada, ABB employs more than 5,000 people from coast to coast.

Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018,; ABB inc. ABB 
Analytical - Measurement Products , Marc-Andre Soucy, Director of Remote 
Sensing Industry Tel: +1-418-877-2944, ext: 343, 
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