Saab Aerospace is to restructure its Linköping operations into two new business units from July. The facility will be split into Saab Aerosystems, which will focus on defence, and Saab Aerostructures, which is to concentrate on subassembly work. Saab will establish a support organisation shared between both new units.

The structure is designed to enable each unit to cut costs and focus on each sector's specific customers, says Saab president Åke Svensson.

Aerosystems will retain responsibility for "independently developed aircraft", including the Gripen multirole fighter as well as unmanned air vehicles, and "tactical" subsystem work.

Aerostructures will be devoted to fuselage and structural components for the Gripen as well as subcontracts for commercial aircraft and helicopters.

Source: Flight International