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...

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