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11 novembre 2015 3 11 /11 /novembre /2015 17:30
Saab Receives Order For New Advanced Airborne Surveillance Systems From UAE

 

 

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to expand and enhance the Emirates’ airborne surveillance capabilities. Saab will deliver a new airborne Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS) incorporating a new version of the Saab Erieye radar system. The order value amounts to approximately USD1.27 billion.

The new SRSS for the UAE uses the Global 6000 aircraft from Bombardier as a platform. The Swing Role Surveillance System is capable of simultaneous detection and tracking of multiple targets in the air, on land and at sea. It is the latest evolution of the Erieye system that incorporates Saab’s many decades of radar capabilities across all domains.

“The new version of Erieye is without a doubt the most capable airborne early warning and control system on the market. Saab’s capability to develop high technology solutions for customers shows that our focus on research and development is the right way to ensure continued competitiveness on the defence market,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

"Saab understands the vital importance of advanced airborne surveillance and we have a family of products that play a key role in defence and civil security. The UAE’s selection of Saab’s solution confirms our strong position regarding airborne surveillance and systems integration,” says Micael Johansson, head of Saab Business Area Electronic Defence Systems. 

The work will be carried out at Saab's facilities in Gothenburg, Linköping, Järfälla, Arboga, Luleå and Centurion (South Africa).

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6 novembre 2015 5 06 /11 /novembre /2015 17:50
Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter aircraft - photo Saab

Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter aircraft - photo Saab

 

Nov 6, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide support and maintenance for Gripen during 2016 on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces. The contract value is SEK154 million.In 2012 Saab signed a contract with FMV for performance-based support and maintenance of the Gripen fighter.

This latest order for services in 2016 is confirmation of an option held under that 2012 contract. The order includes support and maintenance operations with a focus on technical support, publications and component maintenance to support the continued operation of Gripen.

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5 novembre 2015 4 05 /11 /novembre /2015 08:30
LM, International Partners Establish U.A.E.-based Machining Technology Center

 

Nov 3, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Exechon AB, a Sweden-based technology company and Abu Dhabi-based Injaz National have formed a new joint-venture company in the United Arab Emirates focused on advanced machining technology. The new Abu Dhabi-based joint venture, Exechon Enterprises L.L.C., will establish an engineering and manufacturing center of excellence for Parallel Kinematics Machining (PKM) in the aerospace, defense and automotive sectors, as well as other industrial areas.

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4 novembre 2015 3 04 /11 /novembre /2015 08:50
photo NATO

photo NATO

 

20.10.2015 Par Olivier Berger, grand reporter à La Voix du Nord.

 

L'ambassadrice de Suède depuis un an, Veronika Wand-Danielsson, a participé récemment aux Ateliers de la Citadelle à Lille qui s'interrogent avec conviction sur l'Europe de la Défense. Mme Wand-Danielsson est bien placée pour analyser le délicat équilibre et les rapports de force entre UE et OTAN. De 2007 à 2014, elle fut ambassadrice de Suède auprès de l'Organisation du traité Atlantique-Nord. En 2005, elle fut responsable à la Représentation suédoise des négociations du Traité de Lisbonne...

 

- Que représente l’Europe de la Défense pour la Suède ?

" D'une perspective suédoise, le fondement de cette politique de sécurité et de la construction européenne n’est pas seulement l’Europe de la défense. Tous les engagements de l’Union Européenne (UE) pour une solidarité commune vont au-delà de la sécurité. Le rôle de l’OTAN reste fondamental pour la sécurité en Europe. L’UE et l’OTAN sont les deux piliers de la sécurité en Europe. L’OTAN a une politique très développée avec ses partenaires, tels la Suède. Ce partenariat est essentiel pour garantir, surtout ces jours-ci, notre sécurité. "

 

- Selon vous, rien ne sert d’opposer l’UE et l’OTAN, les deux sont complémentaires ?

" Absolument, c’est notre vision. Les deux organismes sont différents, mais complémentaires. L’OTAN est une coopération politique et un outil militaire. Le mandat de l'UE est beaucoup plus vaste, centré sur la coopération politique et économique. Nous sommes pragmatiques. Dans un contexte de crise économique, ce n’est pas le moment de faire double emploi. De plus, il faut être réaliste, les Etats-Unis sont la première puissance militaire de l’OTAN et au monde. Nous avons besoin de cette coopération au niveau politique, militaire et technique. N’oublions pas que 50% de l’informatique du Gripen (l'avion multirôle fabriqué par le Suédois Saab) provient des Etats-Unis. Leur avance technologique nous oblige à maintenir un lien étroit pour bénéficier de ces avancées mais aussi pour le développement de nos capacités militaires nationales. "

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 17:50
Sweden Submits Gripen Bid to Croatia

 

October 28, 2015 By Swedish Defence - defencetalk.com

 

FXM, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, responded today, Friday 23 October, to a request for information from Croatia concerning the procurement of Gripen aircraft.

 

The request concerns 8 to 12 newly built aircraft of the C/D model. The request for information that FXM responded to was sent from the Croatian Ministry of Defence in June this year. Sweden has had a positive dialogue with Croatia regarding the Gripen since the year 2007. With today’s answer FXM wishes to emphasize that Croatia is seen as a possible valuable future Gripen partner in an important region where other countries already are flying the Gripen. JAS Gripen is operational in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, South Africa and Thailand. Brazil has procured the next generation Gripen, Gripen NG.

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14 octobre 2015 3 14 /10 /octobre /2015 11:50
Submarines: Son Of Gotland Is A GHOST

 

October 12, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Sweden has released more details of their new A26 class. This project was only announced earlier in 2015. This is a big deal because Swedish submarines have always been highly regarded because of clever design ideas and new technology each new class uses. It is now known that the A26 will have a “ghost mode” that makes the sub virtually undetectable while submerged. This includes the ability to sit on the sea floor, as if it were inert wreckage, while divers from the sub can still move in and out to plant mines or perform other functions. In short the A26 will emphasize stealth and the ability to dominate shallow and “busy” (lots of inlets, rivers and islands) coastal waters.

 

The A26 is a replacement for the Cold War era Gotland class boats. Two A26 subs will be in service by 2019 but all the new technology will not be completed until 2024. The two A26s will eventually replace the three Gotlands that entered service in 1996.

 

What made the diesel-electric Gotland unique was that it was the first submarine designed from the start to use AIP (air-independent propulsion).  With AIP it could remain submerged for 19 days. Gotlands were also among the quietest non-nuclear submarines in the world. The three Gotland class boats are highly automated, with a crew of 30. They displace 1,494 tons, are 60.4 meters (198 feet) long and have four 533mm torpedo tubes (with 12 torpedoes) and two 400mm tubes (with six torpedoes). They can also carry 48 mines externally.

 

The A26 is a 1,900 ton boat that is 63 meters (207 feet) long and armed in a similar fashion to the Gotlands but with about 20 percent more mines and torpedoes. Each one will cost about $500 million. Underwater endurance (with an improved AIP) is the same as the Gotlands; 18 days with overall endurance of 45 days. The A26 crew is smaller (about 28). The A26 has better electronics and can dive a bit deeper (at least 200 meters/650 feet). Both designs were mainly intended for coastal waters and the relatively shallow Baltic Sea (average depth 55 meters and max depth 459 meters). The A26 is also equipped to carry naval commandos and has a special chamber for the commandos to leave and enter the submerged sub. The core stealth technology for the A26 is called GHOST (Genuine HOlistic STealth) and some of this may end up in one or more of the refurbished Gotlands. GHOST involves more tech for keeping machinery even quieter than it is now as well as designing the shape of the A26 to make it more difficult for sonar and other sensors to detect.

 

Meanwhile the three Gotland boats are undergoing refurbishment and upgrades, which was always meant includes some of the new gear developed to the next class of subs. The refurbed Gotlands can serve into the late 2020s if need be. There are many nations who seek to buy second-hand Swedish subs and that’s what may happen to the Gotlands.

 

The U.S. Navy had a high opinion of the Gotlands as they leased one of them (along with Swedish crew) for two years (2006-7) to be a vital part of an anti-submarine warfare training program. The Gotland was something of a worst case in terms of what American surface ships and submarines might have to face in a future naval war. None of America's most likely naval opponents (China, North Korea or Iran), have many or any AIP boats, but they do have plenty of diesel-electric subs which, in the hands of skilled crews, can be pretty deadly. China is already putting AIP subs into service.  Training against the Gotland enabled the U.S. Navy to improve its anti-submarine tactics and techniques, as well as getting much valuable data from inside the Gotland. All the results of this training is highly classified, but it was apparently successful enough to get the one year program extended for another year.

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14 octobre 2015 3 14 /10 /octobre /2015 07:20
U.S. soldiers train with the shoulder-fired Carl-Gustaf weapon system. Photo by Spc. William Hatton, U.S. Army.

U.S. soldiers train with the shoulder-fired Carl-Gustaf weapon system. Photo by Spc. William Hatton, U.S. Army.

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 By Richard Tomkins  (UPI)

 

U.S. Special Operations Command has ordered ammunition for its Swedish-made 84mm recoilless weapon system.

 

Ammunition for 84mm Swedish recoilless rifles used by U.S. forces is to be supplied by Saab, the company said. The order for ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf M4 system was issued by U.S. Special Operations Command. No information on the monetary value of the order was disclosed. "This order demonstrates the continued confidence of our customer in the capabilities and versatility of the Carl-Gustaf," said Torbjorn Saxmo, head of Saab's Ground Combat business unit. "The system gives soldiers a battle-winning edge through its high accuracy, supreme effectiveness and great versatility."

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12 octobre 2015 1 12 /10 /octobre /2015 16:50
A26- photo Saab Kockums

A26- photo Saab Kockums

 

Boulogne-Billancourt, October 12th, 2015 - par Sagem

 

Sagem (Safran) has been selected by Swedish shipyard Saab Kockums, winning this major contract against an international field of competitors, to supply the optronic masts for four submarines to be deployed by the Swedish navy.

The contract provides for Sagem Series 30 optronic surveillance masts to outfit two future A26 class submarines and two Gotland class submarines, already in service, along with initial logistic services and options for additional systems.

Saab Kockums' selection of Sagem's optronic mast was based on its high-performance optronic sensors, easy integration in the ship's combat system, and a human-machine interface that allows for optimized operation of its high-definition imaging functions.

Using modern non-penetrating technology for the subs' pressure hulls, Sagem's optronic masts feature a compact design and highly integrated multi-sensor architecture. They meet the Swedish navy's most demanding stealthiness requirements.    

The optronic surveillance masts to be delivered to the Swedish navy are based on Sagem's Series 30 family, already produced for the Scorpène class submarines built by French shipyard DCNS for the international market, and the future Suffren class nuclear attack submarines for the French navy (Barracuda program). Sagem's optronic masts were ordered by the South Korean shipyard DSME in 2014 for its KSS-III ocean-going submarines.  

With this latest contract, Sagem confirms its position as the international benchmark in submarine optronic systems. The clear technology leader in this critical segment, Sagem develops and produces, in France, a complete family of attack periscopes, optronic masts and radar masts for submarines. Sagem develops its family of masts at its R&D center of Massy, assembles these masts at its plant in Dijon, and makes the infrared imagers in Poitiers.

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12 octobre 2015 1 12 /10 /octobre /2015 14:50
GB/Assange: la police arrête la surveillance physique 24h/24 de l'ambassade équatorienne

 

12 octobre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Londres - La police britannique a annoncé lundi l'arrêt de la surveillance physique 24h/24 de l'ambassade équatorienne à Londres, où est réfugié le fondateur de Wikileaks Julian Assange, pour la remplacer par un certain nombre de mesures, visibles et masquées.

 

Il est disproportionné d'avoir la présence permanente d'officiers à l'ambassade de l'Équateur à Londres, a indiqué la police britannique dans un communiqué, alors que cette surveillance était critiquée pour son coût.

 

Toutefois l'opération pour arrêter Julian Assange continue et s'il devait quitter l'ambassade, la police britannique mettrait tout en oeuvre pour l'arrêter, précise Scotland Yard.

 

Même si aucune mesure ne peut garantir le succès de l'opération si Julian Assange quitte l'ambassade, la Metropolitan Police va déployer un certain nombre de mesures visibles et masquées pour l'arrêter, précise le communiqué.

 

Le fondateur de Wikileaks, accusé de viol par une Suédoise depuis 2010, vit reclus depuis juin 2012 dans l'ambassade équatorienne de Londres, dans le quartier chic de Knightsbridge, près de Hyde Park.

 

Visé par un mandat d'arrêt européen, il refuse de se rendre en Suède de peur d'être extradé vers les États-Unis, où il pourrait se voir reprocher la publication par Wikileaks en 2010 de 500.000 documents classés secret défense sur l'Irak et l'Afghanistan et 250.000 communications diplomatiques.

 

L'Australien de 44 ans était jusqu'à la mi-août également accusé d'agression sexuelle mais cette accusation est entre temps tombée sous le coup de la prescription cinq ans après les faits.

 

Wikileaks, qui a créé un site internet pour dénoncer le gaspillage gouvernemental (govwaste.co.uk) représenté par la surveillance policière britannique de l'ambassade, affirme que le coût total s'élève à 12,59 millions de livres (16,96 millions d'euros) pour les contribuables britanniques.

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Series 30 SOM (Search Optronic Mast) - photo Sagem

Series 30 SOM (Search Optronic Mast) - photo Sagem

 

 

Boulogne Billancourt, le 12 octobre 2015 par Sagem

 

A l'issue d'un appel d'offres international, Sagem (Safran) vient de signer avec le chantier naval suédois Saab Kockums un important contrat portant sur l'acquisition des mâts optroniques destinés à quatre sous-marins de la marine suédoise.

 

Ce programme prévoit l'équipement de deux sous-marins de future génération de la classe A26 et de deux bâtiments de la classe Gotland déjà en service, chaque unité recevant un mât optronique de veille (MOV) de type Sagem Series 30. Ce contrat comprend également les fournitures logistiques initiales.

 

Le choix de Saab Kockums pour le mât optronique de veille de Sagem a été motivé par la très haute performance de ses capteurs optroniques, son intégration aisée au système de combat des bâtiments, et une interface homme-machine permettant d'exploiter de façon optimale ses fonctions d'imagerie de haute définition.

 

Les mâts optroniques de Sagem font appel à la technologie moderne des mâts de type « non pénétrant » dans la coque épaisse du sous-marin. Ils se caractérisent par leur compacité et une architecture multi-capteurs très intégrée, tout en répondant aux exigences les plus sévères de furtivité.   

 

Les mâts optroniques de veille destinés à la marine royale suédoise sont issus de la famille de mâts Série 30 que Sagem développe et produit pour les sous-marins Scorpène de DCNS et pour les futurs sous-marins nucléaires d'attaque de la classe Suffren de la Marine nationale (programme Barracuda). En 2014, les mâts optroniques de Sagem ont été sélectionnés et commandés par le chantier sud-coréen DSME pour les futurs sous-marins océaniques KSS-III.  

 

A travers ce nouveau succès, Sagem confirme sa position de référence nationale et internationale sur le marché de l'optronique sous-marine. Leader technologique de ce segment particulièrement pointu, Sagem développe et produit en France pour ses partenaires une famille complète de périscopes d'attaque, de mâts optroniques et de mâts radars pour sous-marins. Ils sont conçus par Sagem à Massy puis intégrés dans son établissement de Dijon, les caméras infrarouges étant produites dans celui de Poitiers.

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Norwegian Army has been receiving training equipment from Saab since 2003. Photo Saab AB

Norwegian Army has been receiving training equipment from Saab since 2003. Photo Saab AB

 

01 October 2015 Saab Press release

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) to supply the Norwegian Combat Training Centre with advanced training and simulation systems, plus support. The order amounts to SEK141 million and delivery will be from 2016 to 2020.

 

Saab’s business unit Training and Simulation has supplied the Norwegian Army with training equipment since 2003. Today’s order is a continuation of the existing service contract but also includes an upgrade of the training facility. The Norwegian Army will be the first customer to receive Saab’s new generation sight simulator unit for vehicles, ensuring a more realistic training experience.

 

“NDLO is pleased to continue the good cooperation we have had with Saab for several years. This ensures access to advanced training for the Norwegian Army,” says Brigadier Bjarne Nermo, head of NDLO Land Systems Division.

 

“We are very happy to continue our long and close cooperation with the Norwegian Army. Together we will expand and improve the current training capabilities at the Norwegian Combat Training Centre,” says Dag Wikören, head of marketing and sales for Saab in Norway.

 

The Norwegian Combat Training Centre consists of a complete battalion-level training system for soldiers, vehicles, anti-tank weapons along with a first-class exercise control system.

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6 octobre 2015 2 06 /10 /octobre /2015 16:35
Giraffe AMB photo Saab

Giraffe AMB photo Saab

 

01 October 2015 Saab Press release

 

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to supply the Australian Defence Force with Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM) support with a contract value of approximately $AUD 26.4m (approximately SEK 168 million). The initial contract period includes the establishment period and three years of support services thereafter, with options of up to five 12-month extensions, that could take the contract period up to July 2024.

 

C-RAM is an essential capability to protect friendly forces from hostile fire. C-RAM sensors provide detection and warning against small, mobile and hard-to-find threats such as rocket and mortar fire. The C-RAM capability components to be supported under this contact are Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) radar, Giraffe Training Simulator and a Lightweight-Counter Mortar Radar. The contract follows the 2010 procurement of Saab’s Giraffe AMB and Giraffe Training System Mission Systems to support Australian troops during Operation ‘Slipper’ in Afghanistan.

 

“The Giraffe AMB radar maintained an operational availability of 98.5 per cent in Afghanistan and was the first layer of defence against insurgent rocket attacks for the Australian led coalition base at Tarin Kot,” says Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

 

“This contract is a boost to local industry with additional positions through the period of the contract to manage the Australian sub-supplier network and deep maintenance services from our headquarters in Adelaide”, says Rosenfield.

 

Adelaide-based, Saab Australia will lead an In-Service Support team which includes Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden and SRCTec, LLC in Syracuse,USA.

 

“Saab’s global radar operations are now growing in Australia. Our Australian staff has the full backing of Saab in Sweden in our proven through-life support of the Giraffe AMB. It is a solution shared by many Giraffe AMB customers and includes global logistics and supply, comprehensive training, maintenance and engineering. This contract also proves that Saab has the competence to be able to support radar systems from other OEMs”, says Anders Linder, Head of Saab business unit Surface Radar Solutions.

 

SRCTec has been sub-contracted to provide through-life support to the AN/TPQ-49 Lightweight-Counter Mortar Radar. Saab Australia will manage the support program, including the establishment and delivery of support services and support to the introduction-into-service requirements, associated with the three C-RAM capability components.

 

The C-RAM capability is intended to be absorbed into the wider Australian Defence Force ground based air and missile defence capability.

 

Headquartered in Adelaide, Saab Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab AB, providing defence, security and traffic management solutions. With over 300 experienced staff across Australia and New Zealand, and a reputation for achieving complex systems integration projects on time, Saab Australia has proven its capabilities over more than 26 years.

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

October 4, 2015 By Gerard O'Dwyer  Defense News

 

HELSINKI — Sweden is not ruling out the possibility that it may apply to join the elite British-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), although no formal process exists to do so, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said.

 

Hultqvist has been summoned by the Defense Committee of the Riksdag, Sweden's parliament, to confirm if the government is engaged in formal talks to join the JEF without the parliament’s knowledge.

 

Amid Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and an increasingly aggressive and unpredictable Kremlin, Sweden has intensified efforts to shore up its defense capabilities by actively seeking to join bilateral and multilateral defense cooperation in Northern Europe.

 

The  Riksdag committee's desire for an explanation also takes place amid deepening defense cooperation with NATO, coupled with the disclosure of a classified memorandum from November exploring the value of Sweden joining the JEF.

 

The memorandum — prepared by Col. Mats Danielsson, the Swedish MoD’s defense attache to its embassy in London — revealed the existence of unofficial contacts between Sweden and Britain that could take neutral Sweden into the NATO-allied JEF.

 

Anna Kinberg Batra, the leader of the pro-NATO Moderate Party, demanded that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s Social Democratic-Green government establish a more open and transparent stance with the legislature over NATO and the JEF.

 

"We need to have a broad public debate on membership. Therefore, we need to know how the government plans to keep the parliament informed about important changes in NATO cooperation," Batra said.

 

Opposition parties, including the Moderates, are urging Löfven to present a positional statement to the Riksdag that will set out the government’s end-game strategy in defense deepening with NATO and outline any future role for Swedish forces in the JEF, a force that will include Nordic-Baltic NATO members Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands.

 

Secretive, behind-the-scene discussions over joining the JEF, Batra said, reinforced Sweden’s image globally as a country that is "part of NATO but without the benefits that actual NATO membership would deliver."

 

Hultqvist did not deny the existence of the MoD memorandum, titled "Orientation of JEF and requests for Swedish participation." However, the defense minister stated that because Sweden has not received a formal invitation to contribute to the JEF, the issue of its membership is speculative.

 

"Consequently there is no preparation taking place in Cabinet," he said.

 

Sweden’s interest in joining the modular-organized JEF stems from its potential role as a rapid response force should a crisis erupt in the High North or Baltic Sea regions, and one or more NATO member states come under attack.

 

The formation of the 10,000-strong JEF began in December 2012.  It is designed to operate alone or jointly in support of NATO, European Union or United Nations missions in Europe, the Middle East or the Arabian Gulf.

 

The UK element of the JEF will comprise lead commando, airborne, armored, aviation, air and maritime task groups drawn from the Royal Marines, British Army, the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

 

Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands signed a letter of intent with the UK in 2014 to join a fully operational high-readiness JEF in 2018.

 

The JEF will operate independently and separate from NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) of about 30,000 land, sea, air and special operations troops, to which the UK is contributing 1,000.

 

The Nordic-Baltic representation in JEF enhances the unit’s potential future role as a "first in" force, capable of deploying in two to five days, in potential crisis-conflict situations in the region .

 

The London Embassy memorandum noted that the UK would likely welcome Sweden, observing that its joining the JEF would be "perfectly possible if we wanted to."

 

As regards to the JEF, the government must provide clarity to its defense-deepening ambitions with NATO and the United States, said Allan Widman (Liberals), the Riksdag Defense Committee's chairman.

 

"A lot is happening behind closed doors in terms of secret discussions that we do not know about," Widman said. "The government appears willing to allow Sweden to increase its dependence on NATO but isn’t yet ready to talk about membership."

 

The clear implication, he said, is that Sweden’s unilateral dependence on NATO continues to strengthen while the country’s national defense organization becomes more reliant on individual countries within NATO.

 

"Sweden is coming ever closer to NATO and to Article Five in the NATO statutes which deals with collective defense," Widman said.

 

The government must adopt the same degree of openness and transparency in its dealings with the JEF and NATO that it has exhibited in its defense-deepening relationships with neighbors Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Widman said.

 

Sweden and fellow nonaligned Nordic defense partner Finland are already in the NATO Response Force (NRF), the high-readiness unit comprising land, air, sea and special operations forces. Sweden joined the NRF in 2013 and Finland in 2008.

 

NATO membership is certain to become an even greater focus, if not priority, for the Löfven government. Pro- NATO sentiment is rising in Sweden. A recent poll showed 41 percent of Swedes favor NATO membership while 39 percent remain opposed and 20 percent are undecided.

 

Political relations between Stockholm and Moscow remain frosty. Russia has repeatedly warned that it will deploy military counter-measures if Sweden joins NATO.

 

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström described relations as "chillier than ever" following a meeting with Russian Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev on Sept. 17.

 

Wallström demanded Tatarintsev explain the intent behind his June remarks suggesting Sweden could expect to face military counter-measures from Russia if it joined NATO.

 

She also sought an explanation for "saber-rattling" comments by Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said during a press briefing on Sept. 10 that Swedish membership in NATO would have "politico-military and foreign policy consequences" that would require "retaliatory measures from Russia."

 

"We wanted to establish that Sweden decides its own foreign and security policies and that we do not accept attempts to, through threats, influence us in this or other matters," Wallström said. "We delivered a clear message. Threats from Russia are unacceptable."

 

In related news, the Swedish government plans to highlight territorial violations by foreign militaries. Under a new policy, the Armed Forces Command is authorized to inform the public "within hours" of detected incursions by foreign naval vessels or aircraft in Swedish territorial waters or airspace.

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photo BAE Systems

photo BAE Systems

 

30.09.2015 BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems today delivered the first production series ARCHER artillery system to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) during a ceremony at the company’s Karlskoga facility.

 

The ARCHER system is one of the world’s most advanced artillery systems with high mobility and precision. ARCHER provides fire support that is powerful and flexible, and features high levels of autonomous operation under protection. It is based on proven subsystems and has an extensive ammunition portfolio.

 

“BAE Systems Bofors and FMV have been working very closely to achieve our high-level requirements for the ARCHER program. This is an important milestone as we begin the delivery of all systems for our Swedish customer,” said Lena Gillström, managing director for Weapon Systems, Sweden at BAE Systems, Inc. “ARCHER will provide the Swedish armed forces with an advanced artillery system that focuses on the safety of our soldiers.”

 

BAE Systems’ employees and representatives from FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Defence were in attendance as Gillström delivered the first system to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvst.

 

“ARCHER is an important part of strengthening the Swedish defense,” said Dan Ohlsson, Acting Director General for FMV.

 

BAE Systems delivered the pre-serial ARCHER systems to the Swedish government in 2013, which have been in use by the Swedish artillery regiment.

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Giraffe AMB - photo Saab

Giraffe AMB - photo Saab

 

Sept 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Saab AB; issued Sept 14, 2015)

 

Defence and security company Saab has demonstrated and proven an improved capability for its Giraffe AMB radar to detect low, slow and small targets. This ‘Enhanced Low, Slow and Small’ (ELSS) function allows the Giraffe AMB to undertake dedicated counter-Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) operations, while conducting its full suite of regular air surveillance functions.

 

The new ELSS function was demonstrated in April during a UK-government sponsored trial to test and evaluate radar performance against demanding air targets in a complex environment. Known as ‘Bristow 15’ and conducted over the ranges at West Freugh, in Scotland, the trial is thought to be the only one of its kind held outside the USA.

 

Over six days more than 100 UAS sorties were flown against the radar, in multiple launches of up to six vehicles at a time. The Giraffe AMB showed unparalleled performance against low, slow and small airborne targets. Despite hundreds of birds and a demanding background of sea and ground clutter, the Giraffe AMB consistently detected, classified and tracked low, slow and small UAS vehicles flying increasingly complex tactical profiles. At the same time, the Giraffe AMB provided full, conventional air surveillance in its regular modes.

 

“Saab now offers ELSS as part of the Giraffe capability range. This gives a unique performance range from small slow UAVs, to rockets and mortars, to more traditional air targets, but all at the same time,” says Anders Linder, head of business unit Surface Radar Solutions, Saab.

 

With remarkable accuracy the ELSS function automatically finds and classifies low, slow and small targets; as slow and small as the quadcopter UAS vehicles typically flown by hobbyists. During the Bristow 15 trials, targets had a radar cross section as small as 0.001 sq metres. Saab’s ELSS function pushes the boundaries of small target detection, combines that with the latest in tracking technology and novel target classification techniques and wraps it up with a newly- designed, purpose-built human machine interface concept.

 

Although it was demonstrated on this occasion with the Giraffe AMB, the ELSS function can now be implemented on all Saab Giraffe radars. This means the Giraffe family of radars uniquely provides a simultaneous capability to detect and classify all kinds of air vehicles from ballistic missiles to the very small UAS.

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Saab Receives First Order For Carl-Gustaf M4

 

 

Defence and security company Saab has received the first order for the new Carl-Gustaf M4 system from the armed forces of the Slovak Republic. Deliveries are expected to take place during 2016.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 made its market debut in late 2014. It has all the effectiveness and versatility of the proven Carl-Gustaf system but its improved, lightweight design (weighing only about 7 kg) offers significant mobility improvements to the soldier.

The M4 also compatible with future battlefield technology developments such as intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition. Now Slovakia has become the launch customer for the next-generation M4 system. In addition, the
Carl-Gustaf M4 system have been acquired by two other undisclosed countries for evaluation/qualification purposes.

“This is a great milestone for Saab and the Carl-Gustaf system. I am very proud to announce that Slovakia is the first country to implement the Carl-Gustaf M4 in its armed forces. For Saab and for business area Dynamics this is further proof of our ability to offer world-leading solutions to our customers,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

“Slovakia now has a system that will further increase its defence capabilities. Since the launch of the system we have seen a tremendous interest in the market and we look forward to taking further orders from more countries,” says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, head of Saab Market Area Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Saab’s Carl-Gustaf system has a long and distinguished service history all around the world. It has been successively modernised and enhanced to meet the changing requirements of its users.

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.

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photo Saab

photo Saab

 

Sep 15, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the US Army for the shoulder-launched AT4CS RS (reduced sensitivity) anti-armour weapon system. Deliveries will take place during 2016.

The AT4CS RS is a disposable, preloaded weapon with a specially developed, unique shaped-charge warhead that delivers outstanding behind-armour-effects inside the target. Thanks to this new warhead the AT4CS RS also has improved insensitive munition (IM) characteristics.

 

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Représailles en cas d'adhésion à l'Otan : la Suède convoque l'ambassadeur de Russie

 

11 septembre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Stockholm - Le ministère suédois des Affaires étrangères a convoqué vendredi l'ambassadeur de Russie après les déclarations d'une porte-parole de la diplomatie russe menaçant Stockholm de représailles en cas d'adhésion de la Suède à l'Otan.

 

Viktor Tatarintsev s'est rendu au ministère dans la journée. La ministre Margot Wallström n'était pas présente à la réunion, a déclaré à l'AFP un porte-parole de la diplomatie suédoise, Joakim Edvardsson, refusant d'indiquer qui y représentait la Suède et ce qui a été dit.

 

La diplomatie de ce pays scandinave - non-aligné - a vivement réagi à des déclarations de la porte-parole du ministère russe des Affaires étrangères, Maria Zakharova, qui a brandi la menace de mesures de représailles en cas d'adhésion de la Suède à l'Otan.

 

Nous sommes un Etat indépendant qui de façon indépendante décide de sa politique de sécurité (...). Nous n'acceptons pas les menaces et j'ai convoqué l'ambassadeur de Russie pour (lui) poser des questions et obtenir des explications, a déclaré Margot Wallström à des journalistes.

 

Pour Moscou, l'adhésion de la Suède à l'Otan aurait des conséquences en termes militaro-politiques et de politique étrangère, et demanderait nécessairement des mesures de représailles de la part de la Russie.

 

La stratégie de défense et de sécurité nationales est l'affaire de chaque Etat souverain. Cependant, nous considérons toujours la politique de non-participation de la Suède à des blocs militaires comme un facteur important de la stabilité en Europe du Nord, a prévenu Maria Zakharov jeudi au briefing hebdomadaire du ministère russe.

 

La rhétorique n'est pas nouvelle et ne (nous) fait pas peur, a affirmé le nouveau chef de l'état-major des forces armeés suédoises, Micael Bydén, à l'agence de presse suédoise TT.

 

Le non-alignement de la Suède, membre de l'Union européenne, signifie que le pays n'est pas tenu par une alliance précise et choisit de participer ou non à des opérations militaires en fonction de la situation.

 

Ce royaume est toutefois membre du Programme de partenariat pour la paix de l'Otan et a contribué à la force de l'Alliance atlantique en Afghanistan.

 

La grande majorité des Suédois restent opposés à une adhésion à l'Otan et celle-ci est de ce fait inconcevable dans un avenir proche, selon les analystes.

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Brazilian air force pilots gathered in front of the Gripen full scale replica

Brazilian air force pilots gathered in front of the Gripen full scale replica

 

10 September 2015 by Saab

 

Today the Gripen NG programme reached a historical milestone. With all contracts signed, the biggest export deal in the history of Saab has now been finalised which means that the Brazilian Gripen NG programme moves in to the next phase.

 

When Brazil and Saab signed the contract for Gripen NG in October 2014 it was stated that it would come into effect once certain conditions had been fulfilled. Today, we are happy to announce that all required conditions are in place, marking the formal start of the Brazilian Gripen NG programme.

“Our partnership with the Brazilian industry strengthens Saab's position in Latin America and also supports our strategy of growth through industrial partnerships”, says Ulf Nilsson, Head of Business Area Aeronautics, Saab.

Together with our Brazilian partners we are now taking the next steps and moving full speed ahead to construct and deliver the thirty six Gripen aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force.

 

More than aircraft

The co-operation between Brazil and Sweden encompasses much more than  the aircraft. It includes comprehensive industrial co-operation between the countries in areas such as research and development and transfer of technology which will be performed over approximately ten years.

“The acquisition of Gripen NG will provide benefits beyond the enlargement of the Brazilian Air Force operational capacity. In addition to equipping FAB with one of the world's most modern fighters, the participation in the development of Gripen NG’s project means a technological breakthrough for Brazilian industry", says Lieutenant-Brigadier Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, Commander of the Brazilian Air Force.

Through an extensive technology transfer programme, involving Brazil’s leading defence and aerospace companies, some 350 Brazilian engineers and technicians and their families will travel to Sweden for education and on-the-job-training. Through this programme they will gain experience and develop the competence for developing, producing and maintaining the Gripen fighter. Saab’s own staff will also go to Brazil to assist in setting up the operations in country. The technology transfer programme will contribute to the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil.

The Gripen NG will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force between 2019 and 2024.

 

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Gripen NG Contract With Brazil Becomes Effective

 

 

On 27 October 2014 Saab announced the conclusion of a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG aircraft. The contract has now come into effect as all required conditions have been fulfilled. Today, the order value of approximately SEK39.3 billion is booked by Saab as order intake. Gripen NG deliveries to the Brazilian Air Force will be undertaken from 2019 to 2024

The associated industrial co-operation contract (including technology transfer to Brazilian industries), which was signed in October 2014, also comes into effect today.

“Through the Gripen NG programme, we continue to build on the industrial relations between Brazil and Sweden. I am confident that this important programme will serve as a platform for new business and contribute to the growth of both the Brazilian and Swedish industry,” says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab’s Board of Directors.

“This important milestone marks the formal start to the Brazilian Gripen NG programme. We will now work full speed ahead to ensure timely deliveries of Gripen NG to Brazil. Our partnership with Brazilian industry strengthens Saab’s position in Latin America and supports our strategy for growth through industrial co-operation,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

The technology transfer programme will further contribute to the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil. Brazilian engineers and technicians will come to Saab for education and on-the job-training in Sweden starting in October 2015.

“The acquisition of Gripen NG will provide benefits beyond the enlargement of the Brazilian Air Force’s operational capacity. In addition to equipping FAB with one of the world's most modern fighters, the participation in the development of Gripen NG means a technological breakthrough for Brazilian industry,” says Lieutenant-Brigadier Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, Commander of the Brazilian Air Force.

Saab’s Gripen is a multi-role combat aircraft capable of undertaking the full range of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, including specialist roles such as intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) and electronic warfare. Gripen is equipped with the most modern sensors and mission systems, including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and infra-red search and track (IRST) system. It can be armed with any air-launched weapon that a customer requires, and integration of new capabilities is speedy and affordable. Gripen is easily deployable, with a very low maintenance and support footprint coupled with high reliability.

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nEuron - photo Alenia Aermacchi

nEuron - photo Alenia Aermacchi

 

25 August, 2015 by Beth Stevenson -FG

 

Italy has completed its share of testing of the pan-European Neuron unmanned combat air vehicle, which saw it carry out 12 sorties from Decimomannu air base in Sardinia.

 

Announced by Italian industry lead Alenia Aermacchi on 25 August, the time in Sardinia allowed for flight testing of the UCAV’s stealth characteristics at different altitudes and with different flight profiles, having met “all established goals”. “The 12 highly sensitive sorties have allowed [us] to verify the characteristics of Neuron’s combat capability, its low radar-cross section and low infrared signature, during missions flown at different altitudes and flight profiles and against both ground-based and air radar ‘threats’, using in this latter case, a Eurofighter Typhoon,” Alenia says. “During the deployment in Italy, the Neuron has confirmed its already ascertained excellent performance and high operational reliability.” The UCAV demonstrator will now move to Sweden, where Saab will be the industrial lead during the testing at Vidsel air base, where low observability trials will take place, as well as weapon delivery testing from the aircraft’s weapons bay.

 

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Saab promotes tactical advantages of ‘Soft kill’ technology in combat

 

17 July 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Success in modern combat is less about adding more armour and weight, and more about moving towards the increased self-protection afforded by automated integrated survivability solutions, according to Saab Grintek Defence, which spoke about soft kill technology at the recent Land Forces Africa conference.

 

These solutions allow for regaining the initiative through quick action and agility that minimise chances of loss and maximise chances of successful counter actions, or allow disengagement from the immediate threat situation, according to Saab Grintek Defence.

 

This trend moves away from adding conventional armour that tries to absorb impact, a historical trend that has been superseded by evolutions in modern threat management.

 

One such solution offered by Saab Grintek Defence is the Land Electronic Defence System (LEDS), consisting of an array of threat detectors that provides hemispherical threat warning against all known laser based threats. LEDS-50 provides the ideal solution for combat forces as it can deploy an array of effectors, including multispectral smoke screening, in less than 1.2 seconds after it has detected a laser threat. It is an affordable retrofit or can be included in design specifications for new equipment, according to Saab.

 

Furthermore, it provides visual and audio warnings, classifies the threat, as well as moving the turret and or remote weapon station (RWS) of the combat vehicle in the direction of the threat.

 

“The system offers up to 99 percent interruption probability against laser beamrider anti-tank threats, for example the AT-14 Kornet, and reduces the hit probability of the missile by up to 80 percent,” explained Ferreira, Product Manager, Land Self-Protection Systems, Saab Grintek Defence. “Firing this kind of ‘soft kill’ multi-spectral smoke gives users the valuable time they need to regain the initiative and effectively respond against the threat by combining tactics and effectors without being seen visually or thermally by the attacker.”

 

When integrated to a vehicle’s Battle Management System (BMS), the LEDS-50 analyses the enemy’s attack cycle, alerts occupants that they have been targeted, and then deploys the smoke screen or other appropriate effectors that prevents the enemy from effectively engaging the vehicle. It is also able to identify the direction of the threat, and classify it, inputting enemy information about encounters into a common situational awareness picture, adding a tactical benefit to its basic laser warning capability.

 

LEDS meets the requirements for the full spectrum of land and amphibious operations regardless of global theatre, and is fully NATO compliant, Saab pointed out.

 

When combining battle management information with GPS data, a real time picture emerges of threat presence relative to own forces, making it quicker and simpler to devise a defensive response.

 

“Asymmetric opponents, for example ISIS, makes use of commercial equipment like golfing or hunting lasers to boost the accuracy of their weapons,” Ferreira says. “This enhances their first round kill probability against targets that do not have laser warning and effective fast counter measures.

 

“At present, more than 70 percent of anti-armour threats are laser related, and this type of threat is becoming more prevalent in asymmetric warfare as was seen recently by the deployment of AT-14 Kornet and TOW anti-tank missile systems by ISIS in Iraq.”

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Kockums A26

 

30 juin 2015 by Saab

 

Kockums A26 is the world’s most modern submarine program for the Swedish Navy. The Kockums A26 is a unique submarine with proven modular design, silent long-endurance submerged performance and excellent manoeuvrability in all waters.

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X15 Combat Boat

X15 Combat Boat

 

June 27, 2015: Strategy Page

 

An Indonesian shipbuilder (PT Ludin) with links to Swedish builders has adapted the Swedish CB90 fast patrol boat to a design better adapted for use in tropical waters. The first design was the X15 which was very similar to the 20 ton CB90. A smaller version of the X15, the 10 ton X12 has proved very popular in Indonesia and now Bangladesh, where a local firm is building 18 under license from PT Ludin. The X12 has a top speed of 63 kilometers an hour and is 11.7 meters (38 feet) long and 11.4 feet wide. They can operate in shallow (one meter/three feet deep) water and are usually armed with two machine-guns and small arms. The coast guard versions have a radar and a crew of six or more sailors. These boats cost less than $100,000 each.

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BALTOPS 2015: A Show of Force in the Baltic Sea


20 juin 2015 by NATO

 

Ships, planes, and hundreds of Marines attacked a beachfront off the Baltic Sea this week. This impressive show of force is part of BALTOPS 2015 - an annual US-led NATO exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate the resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region.

Thousands of military personnel take part in this multinational exercise involving 49 ships, 61 aircraft, 1 submarine, and a combined landing force of 700 troops. 17 NATO Allies and partner nations participated in BALTOPS 2015, which took place in Poland, Sweden, Germany, and throughout the Baltic Sea.

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