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14 Nov 16. Saab Opens New Office in The Philippines. Defence and security company Saab has opened a new office in Manila to lead the development of further business in the Philippines. The Philippines office is the tenth dedicated country unit office in Saab’s Market Area Asia Pacific.
On Wednesday 9 November Saab opened a new representative office in Manila, capital of the Philippines. This office will act as the headquarters of Saab’s country unit serving the Philippines, which will be formally established in January 2017. Leading this country unit is Mr Carl-Erik Leek who was appointed as Head of Saab Philippines in November 2016.
Saab’s Manila office opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Philippines government, armed forces and local industry along with senior figures in the Swedish community in the Philippines. Guest of honour was the new Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines, Mr Harald Fries. Sweden has re-established a full embassy in Manila following a gap of eight years and celebrated its own opening ceremony on Tuesday 8 November.
“Saab already does about 25 per cent of our annual business in Asia Pacific. That number has grown steadily over the years, will continue to grow and I expect that the Philippines will be part of this story. We have steadily increased our presence in the region by opening different country offices to be close to the customer. That is a key part of how we do business all over the world. Our new office in Manila is Saab’s tenth in Asia Pacific, and I don’t think it will be the last,” said Dan Enstedt, President and CEO of Saab Asia Pacific Co. Ltd.
Key future business opportunities for Saab in the Philippines include the Gripen fighter, naval combat systems, maritime and air traffic management systems, and training systems and solutions.
“My goal for this new office in Manila is to be the hub for a long-term relationship as a supplier of products and services to the Philippines Armed Forces and to the nation,” said Carl-Erik Leek, head of Saab Philippines.
15 Nov 16. Bangladesh receives two refurbished Type 035 submarines from China. Key Points:
• Bangladesh has received two diesel-electric submarines from China
• Boats will increase the Bangladesh Navy’s presence in Bay of Bengal
The Bangladesh Navy has taken delivery of two refurbished Type 035 (Ming)-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) from China, the Bangladesh defence ministry’s inter-services public relations directorate (ISPRD) confirmed with IHS Jane’s on 15 November.
The boats, which were previously in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) with pennant numbers 356 and 357, were handed over to Bangladesh Navy chief, Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, on 14 November at a shipyard in Dalian, China.
The SSKs have since been named Nabajatra, and Joyjatra respectively, said Taposhi Rabeya, a spokeswoman at the ISPRD, in response to questions from IHS Jane’s . “The vessels are expected to arrive in Bangladesh either in January or February 2017”, she added.
Citing a Dhaka-based news agency, IHS Jane’s reported in December 2013 that Bangladesh has acquired the two submarines under a BTD16bn (USD203m) contract. The report also noted that Bangladesh is believed to be building a submarine base near Kutubdia Island in preparation for the submarine deliveries.
According to IHS Jane’s fighting Ships, the 1,800-tonne Ming class features an overall length of 76m, and overall beam of 7.6 m and a hull draught of 5.1m. The platform has a top speed of 18kt when dived, 15kt when surfaced, and 10kt while snorting.
The submarine features eight 533 mm tubes that can deploy the