Swedish Military Sharpens its focus on Submarine Tech in 2024

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Swedish Military Sharpens its focus on Submarine Tech in 2024

In 2024, Sweden is set to elevate its focus on advancing underwater technologies, particularly in the realms of mine countermeasures and submarine-related systems. This initiative comes to the forefront with pending studies examining the Swedish navy capabilities in these critical domains.

Saab, a leading defense prime in Sweden, disclosed on December 5 that it had formalized a contract with the nation defense acquisition agency. The agreement outlines the commencement of concept development studies aimed at exploring innovative technologies related to submarine capabilities.

Conal Walker, a spokesperson for Saab, emphasized the contract significance within a broader strategic framework. He stated, "This contract should be seen as a pivotal step in a comprehensive plan to fortify Sweden underwater capabilities." The study conducted by Saab will assess future requirements and possibilities in the underwater domain, encompassing diverse concepts and technologies geared towards both existing and forthcoming capabilities.

The outcomes of these studies could have implications for Saab ongoing involvement in constructing Sweden new submarines. Saab was initially commissioned in 2015 by the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration to build two Type A26 submarines for the country naval forces. Despite encountering delays, these submarines, once completed, are anticipated to enhance Sweden ability to deploy unmanned underwater vehicles and special forces for more effective subsurface operations.

If Sweden anticipated NATO membership is ratified, the nation is poised to contribute a valuable asset to the alliance—its expertise in navigating the Baltic Sea, a strategically crucial region shared with Russia.

The Royal Swedish Navy presently operates five diesel-electric submarines, and the addition of new submarines is expected to bolster its capabilities significantly. Furthermore, there is a keen interest among Swedish defense officials in acquiring light, autonomous underwater vehicles to address the Mine Counter Measure (MCM) requirements of the armed forces. A recent notice published on December 4 indicates that Sweden envisions spending around $14 million on these underwater drones, emphasizing their suitability for operation from rigid inflatable boats.

As nations increasingly turn to drones for hazardous tasks such as disabling sea mines, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), located in Italy, has been actively testing the viability of using high-resolution sonars mounted on sea drones for the identification and classification of mines. This underscores the broader trend of leveraging advanced technologies to enhance maritime security measures.

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