Keynote by
Saab Aeronautics

Continuous innovation in aerospace and defence, with maintained reliability and resilience

Stefan Andersson

Manager future combat air systems, Saab Aeronautics

Software and computing platform technologies enable the design of increasingly complex, dynamic and interconnected systems with more and more features. However, aspects such as security, safety and resilience are often neglected or underestimated. In the aerospace and defence industry we realize we need to exploit the emerging technologies in order to become better and more cost-effective in developing future systems, but within the constraints of existing industry standards and practices. This talk will address the need for technologies, methods and tools that improve our ability to design and sustain large-scale, complex, smart and evolving systems cost-effectively – with shorter lead times, while at the same time ensure (and prove to authorities) system characteristics such as reliability, security and resilience. The approach to this must take a system perspective but must also address challenges at all system levels and cultural aspects.

Stefan Andersson has almost thirty years of experience within military aerospace. After an MSc degree in applied physics and electrical engineering in 1987 and post-graduate studies in applied mathematics in 1988 and 1989 at Linköping University, he got a position at Saab in the Gripen programme in 1989. Since then, he has worked as systems and software engineer (1989-2003), head of R&D (2003-2012), VP for operational excellence at Saab Group (2012-2013) and since 2013 programme manager for the study and concept definition of Saab’s next generation combat air system (FCAS). From 2015 until 2018 he was also the chairman of the Swedish non-profit organization Swedsoft, which promotes Swedish software education, software research and software innovation.