Saab bids on Kockums to keep Sweden’s subs

Saab announced on Monday that it had agreed with the German owner of Kockums to buy its Swedish submarine production sites. The understanding followed months of tensions, which culminated in staff poaching.

Saab bids on Kockums to keep Sweden's subs
Gunilla Fransson at Saab would take over Kockums production if a deal goes ahead. Photo: TT

"Both parties agree that during the negotiations phase, the integrity and the operating ability of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB must be safeguarded," Saab said in a statement.

"The transaction will be subject to regulatory approval. The negotiations between Saab AB and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB are at an early stage and more information will follow."

Saab said the memorandum of understanding was "in line with Saab’s ambition to expand its activities in the naval area and meets the needs of Sweden for an industrial solution regarding design, production and maintenance of submarines and warship," the Swedish military equipment makers added. 

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