Saab Buys Denmark’s Maersk Data Defence
In a deal estimated to be worth MDKK73, Saab has acquired Maersk Data Defence, subject to the approval of the relevant authorities. The deal complements and reinforces Saab’s product portfolio in communication, command and control systems, and with the acquisition the company will strengthen its position in the Nordic region. Maersk Data Defence has approximately 210 employees and sales of approximately MDKK187.
Commenting on the acquisition, Kenth-Åke Jönsson, executive vice president of Saab, said, "We see this as part of our strategy to strengthen our Nordic profile and develop Saab into a Nordic defence company. We believe communication and command and control systems will be important both in military and civil applications, and Maersk Data Defence can play a vital role in this."
Likewise, Henrik Ekmann, president of Maersk Data Defence, can see benefits in having access to Saab´s international network and stated: "Maersk Data Defence is a healthy company that has doubled its activities in the past year, but that has the potential to develop even further internationally. This is an area where Saab is strong. It is also interesting that it is the company in Sweden that is driving establishment of network-based defence — a process that’s also under way in Denmark."