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Now, Swedish Black Hawk helicopters in Afghanistan prepared to engage in critical care in the air. A total of four helicopters to be in place in Mazar-e-Sharif.







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The asphalt runway is so hot that it seems to quiver in the heat. In the air, approaching a small unmanned aerial vehicle. It's eagle makes its last flight ever in Afghanistan.









 

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Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan during an engagement with taliban insurgents about a week ago in Sar-e Pul privince.









 

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Sweden Launches New 'Top Secret' Spy Ship in the Baltic Sea
18.04.2019

The HMS Artemis, Sweden's new reconnaissance vessel, is meant to replace the HMS Orion, which is scheduled to retire, and carry on with intelligence activities in the Baltic Sea.

A new intelligence vessel built by Saab Kockums on behalf of the Swedish military has been launched in the Baltic Sea, the daily newspaper Expressen reported.

On Wednesday, the 74-metre-long, 14-metre-wide spy ship was officially named the HMS Artemis, after the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity. The ship was built by Saab Kockum's subcontractor Nauta Shipyard in Gdynia Poland, which is part of the Polish defence group PGZ.

"The Swedish Armed Forces and the Navy, together with the National Defence Radio Establishment, will receive a qualified and modern signals intelligence vessel that will increase their capacities," Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) Director General Göran Mårtensson said.

Mårtensson described the HMS Artemis as "long-awaited" amid a great need for a new SIGNIT vessel. Its predecessor, the HMS Orion, had been operating for 35 years.

"Compared with the HMS Orion, which was launched in 1984, its replacement has a great technical edge and also an improved working and living environment on board, increased operational reliability and improved electromagnetic compatibility properties, that is how the equipment in the vessel affects other surrounding electronic equipment and how sensitive the equipment is for external electronic interference", FMV's project manager Peter Andersson said.

The exact equipment available at the HMS Artemis remains a "top secret". Offshore reconnaissance remains, however, were described as a priority, as naval vessels may get closer to the source and pick up even weak signals.

The Swedish Royal Navy is composed of surface and submarine naval units (the Royal Fleet), as well as marine units (the Amphibious Corps). Its only naval base is Karlskrona in the Blekinge archipelago. The city with 35,000 inhabitants was founded in 1680 specifically as a naval base for its well-sheltered and ice-free location, as well as proximity to Sweden's former arch-enemy Denmark. Karlskrona's shipyard has long been Sweden's largest industrial employer.

 

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Russia says it intercepted U.S., Swedish aircraft over Baltic Sea
June 12, 2019
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A Russian Su-27, similar to the fighter plane depicted, intercepted Swedish and U.S. reconnaissance planes over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. {link:photo by Dmitry Pichugin: "Aviation Photo #1014282: Sukhoi Su-27SKM - Russia - Air Force"/Airliners.net/Wikimedia

June 12 (UPI) -- A Russian fighter plane intercepted U.S. and Swedish reconnaissance planes over the Baltic Sea near the Russian border, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian Su-27 plane took off to intercept the planes, which the ministry identified as a U.S. RC-135 and a Swedish Gulfstream jet, each a reconnaissance aircraft. The Russian plane then escorted the two planes away from the Russian border.

The incident came Tuesday as NATO conducts the BALTOPS 2019 exercise. About 36 aircraft, 50 surface ships and two submarines from 18 NATO countries are participating in the 12-day military exercise, which began on Sunday.

"On June 10, the Russian airspace control services over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected two air targets approaching Russia's state border. A Su-27 fighter jet of the Baltic Fleet's Air Defense Forces was scrambled to intercept the targets," a ministry statement said. "The Su-27 pilot reported on the identification of foreign reconnaissance aircraft and accompanied them, preventing violations of the Russian airspace borders in compliance with all necessary security measures."

The ministry released a video of what it said was the intercept.


An unnamed U.S. military official confirmed the incident but said the action was safe and professional.

On Monday, the United States formally delivered a diplomatic protest, called a demarche, to the Russian government over a near collision last week between a Russian warship and a U.S. Navy ship in the Philippine Sea.

The demarche was delivered to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the chargé d'affaires in the U.S. embassy in Moscow, with a similar message delivered to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

 

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Saab and FMV Sign Framework Agreement for Carl-Gustaf M4
26 June 2019

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Saab has signed a framework agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide the Swedish Armed Forces with Carl-Gustaf® M4. The framework agreement will allow FMV to place orders during a ten-year period. An initial order for Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons, of approximately MSEK 330, has been placed with deliveries taking place during 2020-2023.

Since 1948, the Carl-Gustaf multi-purpose weapon system has been supporting dismounted infantry around the world in dealing with a full range of battlefield challenges. The new version, Carl-Gustaf M4, launched in 2014, has all the effectiveness and versatility of the Carl-Gustaf system but its improved and lightweight design, weighing less than 7 kg, offers significant mobility improvements to the soldier.

In 2018, FMV placed the first order to provide the Swedish Armed Forces with the latest version of the Carl-Gustaf system. The framework agreement recently signed is the beginning of larger investments in the system, to eventually have the entire Swedish Armed Forces equipped with the Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon along with upgrades for ammunition and accessories.

The framework agreement allows FMV to make quick and cost effective purchasing on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces with a minimum of red tape. In addition, the Estonian and Latvian Armed Forces are also allowed to purchase under this framework agreement.
“We are happy to announce that the Swedish Armed Forces, the first and original user of the Carl-Gustaf system, have decided to modernize their shoulder-fired support-weapon capability. This order will provide the Swedish soldiers with the most modern support weapons, ammunition, and accessories”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest version of the portable, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system. It gives users a wide range of engagement options and allows troops to remain agile and effective in any scenario. It builds on the system's formidable capabilities, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations. The M4 is also compatible with future battlefield technology developments such as intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition. Since the launch in 2014, Saab has signed contracts with eleven different nations for the Carl-Gustaf M4.

 

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Sweden joins to British next-generation fighter programme
06 July 2019

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Tempest concept fighter jet model


The Telegraph on Friday has reported that Sweden will be first partner nation in the British Tempest programme to build a next-generation fighter jet.

“Britain’s Team Tempest programme to build a new fighter jet has moved a step closer to getting into the air with Sweden poised to announce it has signed up as the project’s first international partner,” according to The Telegraph.

A future combat air system, called the Tempest, is a joint project with British aerospace companies BAE Systems Plc, Rolls Royce Holdings Plc, MBDA UK Ltd and Anglo-Italian firm Leonardo SpA.

The Tempest programme aims to harness and develop UK capabilities that are critical for Next Generation (NextGen) Combat Air capability and to retain the UK’s position as a globally competitive leader through understanding of future concepts, technologies and capabilities.

A future combat air system must be able to survive the most challenging combat environments meaning that payload-range, speed and manoeuvrability will be key. Britain officials say that they expect that the system will be equipped with a range of sensors including radio frequency, active and passive electro-optical sensors and advanced electronic support measures to detect and intercept threats.

The system is likely to operate with kinetic and non-kinetic weapons. The integration of Laser Directed Energy Weapons for self-defence and use within visual range combat is also highly likely. The ability to deploy and manage air launched ‘swarming’ Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) through a flexible payload bay allows the system to address dangerous Anti-Access Area Denial environments.

Air forces of the future will require a fighter system that is highly flexible and can be applied to a wide variety of military operations. Operators will have the ability to rapidly adapt the system to perform new functions or to change its performance.

According to The Telegraph, next-generation jet – planned to be in service in 2035 – is aimed at maintaining Britain as a world power in military aircraft.

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