Saab has announced its acquisition of all shares in BlueBear, a leading provider of AI-enabled autonomous swarm systems tailored for complex defence and security applications. The purchase comes as Saab seeks to expand its presence in key international markets, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, and Germany. Located just outside Bedford, England, BlueBear reported a turnover of £8 million in 2022 and currently employs 65 individuals.
The integration of BlueBear’s expertise in AI-driven autonomous systems will bolster Saab's product and service offerings. Specifically, Saab anticipates leveraging BlueBear's proficiency in autonomy, swarming, and command and control systems. This strategic move aligns with Saab's broader initiative to proactively integrate emerging and disruptive technologies, including AI, machine learning, and autonomous systems, into its operations.
Dean Rosenfield, Group Managing Director of Saab UK, commented on the acquisition, stating,
"This acquisition marks a significant juncture for both Saab in the UK and BlueBear. We are enthusiastic about merging our collective skills to innovate and deliver advanced capabilities to our clientele."
BlueBear is set to play a pivotal role within Saab as a hub for Rapid Concept Development, driving expertise and fostering innovation. Dr. Yoge Patel, CEO of BlueBear, expressed optimism about the acquisition, noting the multitude of opportunities it presents in areas like naval, air, and land autonomy, as well as AI-driven defence solutions and next-generation platforms.