Sweden: High-Flying Saab

The Swedish company with the tongue-twisting name of Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget is known throughout the world chiefly for its sturdy, roly-poly automobiles, which bear the company abbreviation, Saab. Few outside of Scandinavia are aware that Saab is also one of the Continent's largest aircraft producers and a bulwark of Sweden's defense effort. The company has built about 90% of its country's 700-plane jet air force, the world's fifth largest—and soon it will increase even that impressive percentage. It has just been chosen by the Swedish government to build 800 Saab-designed Viggen multipurpose jet fighters, a force that will form...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!