Saab teams up with Imperial College to open innovation hub in UK

The Saab UK Innovation Hub will initially focus on radar technology.Image: The Saab UK Innovation Hub will initially focus on radar technology. Photo: courtesy of OpenClipart-Vectors/Pixabay.

Saab, a Swedish aerospace and defence company, has opened an innovation hub in London at Imperial College London, which will initially focus on radar technology.

Electronic warfare and cybersecurity will be the future areas of interest of the newly opened hub located at the college’s White City Campus.

Saab said that the £3.5m initial seed investment into its pan UK network of research and development projects is expected to grow in the coming years. It said that the newly opened UK Innovation Hub will be the focal point for managing the investments.

By sharing its advanced expertise with the wealth of UK scientists and academics, the company expects the London hub to reach new areas of the STEM network in the country.

The first project to be taken up at the hub will be research into multistatic and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radars. The research will be a collaboration with Imperial College London’s Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST).

Imperial College Business School technology and innovation management professor David Gann said: “Imperial is already a leader in engineering innovation. This collaboration with Saab will create a national Hub with international reach. Investment in innovation is not just about jobs, but about planting the seeds for future generations of innovators.”

The opening of the UK innovation network comes six months after the company, in partnership with Cranfield University, opened the country’s first Digital Control Tower. The company also partly covered the funding of the £67m Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre at Cranfield University, which is expected to lead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology.

Saab country unit United Kingdom head Andrew Walton said: “Saab has a 40-year record of being a trusted partner with the United Kingdom. By building on our ongoing work with Cranfield University and opening our new UK Innovation Hub with Imperial College London, we are demonstrating our continuing commitment to investing in the UK and our confidence in Britain as a hotbed of innovation and talent.”