Aras®, the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, today announced that Saab, a global producer of world-leading products, services and solutions from military defense to civil security, selected Aras Innovator® to support the handling of complex product data and business processes related to the Gripen fighter aircraft. Aras will be used to strengthen the information management capabilities for the maintenance aspects of the Gripen, a unique fighter that unites operational performance, high-tech solutions, cost-efficiency and industrial partnership into one, smart fighter system.

After reviewing the major PLM solutions on the market, the Saab team selected Aras because of the platform flexibility, upgradability and strong capability to integrate with other applications in their existing PLM environment. The open architecture of Aras with an open data model, open interfaces and use of open Web standards was important in order to simplify integrations to existing systems in place at Saab.

“Aras will complement our current PLM-landscape here at Business Area Aeronautics,” said Henrik Pettersson, Head of Product Data Support at Saab. “It will be used alongside other applications to support us in handling our product data in a correct and efficient way.”

The ownership cost of Aras relative to the functionality delivered was an added advantage. “The Aras business model with subscriptions, combined with the open community where users share investments toward the application, makes it especially valuable for us,” added Henrik.

About Saab AB
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customer’s changing needs.

About Minerva
Founded in 1996, Minerva specializes in the development and implementation of Enterprise solutions in both PLM and ERP. Established as Europe’s largest Aras implementation partner, Minerva offers a full range of PLM services, productivity tools, integrations and complete industry solutions. The company works closely with its customers, challenging ineffective modes of operation and providing insight and expertise to drive results and help customers reach their business objectives. For additional information visit

About Aras
We offer the best Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for global businesses with complex products and processes. Resilient PLM platform technology makes Aras more scalable, flexible and upgradable for the world’s largest organizations, and a full set of applications provide complete functionality for the business of engineering. Customers include Airbus, GE, Hitachi, Honda, Kawasaki, Motorola and XEROX. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. More at and Twitter @aras_plm

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