Swedish defense and aviation company Saab threw open a contest on Wednesday to promote their presence at Aero India 2013, to be held in Bangalore from February 06, 2013 to February 10, 2013.
The contest, called Commander Saab, is a ‘Quiz Combat’ that will test the knowledge of defense and aviation enthusiasts on Saab products.
There are three levels to the contest, according to a company statement, which said, “The battlefield sits on www.saabgroup.in/commandersaab to seek honors at three different levels: ‘Captain Saab’ , ‘Major Saab’ and ultimately ‘Commander Saab’.”
Winners will be chosen by a computerized draw of all-correct answers and get to take home prizes that ‘range from Gripen memorabilia to Saab mementos and a host of limited edition material’. 20 of the winners will also be selected as guests of Saab for ‘Official Saab Tours’ at Aero India, which will include a ‘detailed tour of the Saab pavilion and discussions with Saab officials on the products on display, their performance and about Saab and the latest in the world of defence, security and technology’.
Besides that, Saab Tour ticket winners get a bunch of cool stuff that include ‘Saab collectibles including Gripen pins, USB Cards, Saab Caps, pens, bottle openers, Sport Bottles and Mouse Mats’.
The last time around, in Aero India 2011, the Saab held two parallel contests. One was for aspiring models for the Saab Gripen calendar, and the second was a flight simulation contest called Gripen Top Gun, the grand prize of which was, [cough], a flight in the Gripen, won by a mild-mannered engineering student from Bangalore, Shashank H R, the lucky bugger. Ahem. Your correspondent notes he’s still waiting for a ride.
The statement quoted Saab India head, Lars Olof Lindgren, as saying, “Saab is happy to create an opportunity for people to know more about the world of aviation and defence through the unique Commander Saab contest. We believe that the more the people of India get to see and understand the complex technologies that make their defence and security both uncompromising and effective, the more will be the appreciation of the history of Swedish military technologies.”