Sweden Purchases 102 BvS10 All-terrain Vehicles

20 12 2013

The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration has ordered an additional 102  all-terrain vehicles from BAE Systems Hagglunds.

The contract for the BvS10 all-terrain vehicles is worth $120 million and  covers troop carrier, command vehicle, ambulance and logistic carrier variants,  the company said.

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Swedish Military Preps to Battle Coldest Winter in a Century

1 12 2010

Temperatures as low as -36 degrees Celsius have been recorded in Sweden as snowfalls and storm winds play havoc with transport services.

Sweden’s main meteorological agency, SMHI, noted that the winter continued its march south across the country as strong winds from the Baltic Sea brought heavy snowfalls in eastern areas of Svealand and Götaland.

The snow is expected to remain on the ground in many parts of southern Sweden as temperatures are set to remain well below zero.

“There has been a lot of snow overnight,” Lisa Frost at SMHI said.

Kalmar county was obliged to call for military help on Wednesday to aid in the battle against widespread flooding which had caused damage to property in the area.

The situation is reported to be most critical around Trekanten, around 10 kilometres west of Kalmar and the municipality has said all are welcome to help to build protective weirs.

“We hope that as many volunteers as possible can participate,” said Christian Karlberg at Kalmar municipality to the local P4 Kalmar radio station.

The strong winds caused traffic problems in some areas, with the bridge linking Öland with the mainland closed for a time on Tuesday after winds of more than 110 kilommetres per hour were recorded, with 42 millimeters of precipitation.

“When I made the decision to close the bridge wind speeds were up to 118 kilometres per hour,” said Reinhold Liljedahl of Kalmar county police.

School bus services were among those suffering disruption with cancellations in many parts of the county of Västergötland following heavy overnight snowfalls. School pupils in Skara, Lidköping, Essunga and Vara were among those affected.

In many areas of southern and central Sweden there were reports of traffic problems. While Stockholm roads were icy, only one accident was reported by the early hours of Wednesday as motorists heeded warnings.

The E4 motorway northbound in Hälsingland was closed for a time overnight after a truck skidded into a ditch near Gnarp. Traffic was diverted via a smaller road until the motorway could be cleared.

No one was injured in the accident and it remains unclear what caused it.

SMHI forecasted that more snow can be expected throughout Wednesday and Wednesday night in southern and eastern Götaland and eastern Svealand.

SMHI has cut its warning from class 2 to class 1 in many areas, which means that there are some risks for the general public and for interruptions to certain services.

The cold weather accompanied by snow falls is forecast to continue all week, with windy weather along the east coast.

SMHI defines winter as sub-zero median day temperatures and by this measure all areas south of Sundsvall, excepting the mountain areas, stand to experience an early wintry arrival.

Source: TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Svenska Dagbladet Embeded with HMS Södermanland – Baltic Sea Operations

9 11 2010


The HMS Södermanland (Wikipedia)


Not since the Cold War has the Russian military presence been so high in the Baltic Sea as now.

SvD, Svenska Dagbladet (“the Swedish daily paper”) followed Sweden’s first female submarine chief Paula Wallburg and HMS Södermanland into the depths of the Baltic Sea.

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– Ljud i tilltagande styrka! – Sound of increasing strength!

The time has passed one night in the control room aboard the submarine HMS Södermanland when the sonar operator Johan Kling calls out his report. The noise that he hears in his headphones, 44 meters below the sea surface sounds like a glass of mineral water. The clean sound without rattling leaves no doubt: It is a warship.

Djup 50 meter! Framåt 60 varv! –Depth-50 feet! Forward 60 yards! Instructs Captain Paula Wallburg.

It is småkyligt in the room so that the crew should not be sweating in their naval uniforms. The only source of light in the darkness comes from the instruments and screens. What follows the crew of the  HMS Södermanland by all accounts is a corvette. Lieutenant Commander Paul Wallburg, Sweden’s first female submarine boss, needs a quick answer:

Ge mig kursen. Nu. – Give me the course.  Now.

Using the sound in the headphones, a stopwatch and trigonometry the sonar operators locate the vessel. It is difficult. Somewhere above the the offending corvette first steers away and then suddenly stops. Paula Wallburg swears. Now we need to get in position so they don’t lose touch.

–Gira så fort du kan! Gira as soon as you can!

The Baltic Sea is in many ways an ideal submarine environment: hilly sea floors with plenty of places to hide and a good view ahead of the sensors. But even in the quietest time of peace is the geopolitical peace in peaceful area. Not least, Russia has in recent years significantly increased its presence. It is far from Cold War tension is mounting – but also to the 1990’s detente with the Russian Baltic Fleet rusted away.

Last year, Russian troops were practicing landing outside Kaliningrad in the largest such exercise since 1981. And in September this year the U.S. Navy Commander Admiral Gary Roughead told Svenska Dagbladet that the U.S. should practice more often in the Baltic Sea, as NATO Baltic countries demanded it.

On board the HMS Södermanland the pursuit of the corvette’s roaring propeller continues. Should the submarine surface and hoist up the periscope it would be easy to identify the ship in darkness. But the submarine and its 27 crew members stops silent.

Johan Kling compares corvette’s searching through the pinging signal down into the depths as shining a flashlight in a dark forest: “It looks like its lit to within a few meters, but it shows itself in kilometers”.

The hunt continues. The corvette is close enough.

Skott kommer! Fyr! Shots are coming! Lighthouse!

Was it an enemy corvette instead of the Swedish Navy’s own HMS Malmö – armed with depth charges and torpedoes  –  the battle would have been over. The submarine’s training torpedo will be salvaged in the morning. The duel is part of the Swedish naval exercise Swenex.

But only a small part of the Navy submariners spend time on training – and most are absent in the Baltic Sea due to the resources available.  The latest generation of Swedish submarines have been ordered for delivery in eight years. Meanwhile, two submarines to be upgraded.

Foreign naval forces will regularly probe Sweden’s ability to defend its waters by sniffing around Swedish territorial waters, “says Jonas Haggren, head of the First Submarine Flotilla based in Karlskrona.

The submarine’s main characteristic must be truly hidden. She serves as a platform for intelligence gathering or other special missions: It can drop divers for missions or patiently lie and check with their sensors.

-“The fascination with submarines for me is that we are hidden. Nobody sees us, but we see”says Paula Wallburg, who now spends nearly 100 days per year under the surface.

Russia not only runs his own submarines in the Baltic Sea but also testing new vessels for export. Commander Jonathan Haggren smile:

– “When they run their tests, we are there and listening.”

The darkness in the control room because the night vision must be on top when the periscope is raised up. The surfaced submarine is operated and navigated by a single officer from the tower. The tools are the simplest possible: chart, log, compass.

The hours go on board and Södermanland glides through the cold water. The exercise is not over.

Suddenly the silence is broken when the alarm is sounded on the speakers:

Stridsledningen, ställning till drabbning! – Battle Management, a position on the battle!

Translated by Editor using Google Translate

Source: SvD

Hat Tip to Mr. Lars Gyllenhaal


Swedish Armed Forces Winter Unit (FMVE) – Försvarsmakten vinterenhet

29 10 2010

The Swedish Armed Forces Winter Unit (FMVE) – Försvarsmakten forms part of the Norrbotten Regiment, I 19, a Swedish Army arctic armoured, light infantry and ranger regiment that traces its origins back to the 19th century.

The mandate of the FMVE is to coordinate and support the development of the Swedish Armed Forces winter warfare capabilities. The unit operates at two locations, Boden and Arvidsjaur.

The Boden detachment includes 9 services, including an Air Force service and Naval service, with other personnel from the Army. Arvidsjaur has 5 employees with a clear orientation to national and international training.

Norrbotten Regiment
+46 (0)921 – 34 80 00

Source: Swedish Armed Forces

Video Source: Swedish Army YouTube Page

Hat Tip for the Video to Lars Gyllenhaal

Sweden Completes Validation of LCR 2020 Coastal Surveillance Radar

6 10 2010

ITT Corporation announced the completion of successful factory acceptance testing on its coastal surveillance radar system upgrade for the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV).  The Reliability and Modification 870 upgrade program is based on ITT’s new LCR-2020 integrated coastal surveillance radar system.

LCR 2020

The LCR 2020 is a two-dimensional, frequency agile, coastal surveillance radar system for simultaneous detection of air and sea targets.

The LCR 2020 couples superior surface detection capabilities with all-weather performance. Incorporating modern adaptive processing techniques, the LCR 2020 provides excellent rejection of land and sea clutter allowing total situational awareness.

The LCR 2020 features a robust suite of ECCM and jamming detection capabilities, making it suitable for applications in hostile environments.

Highly reliable, the LCR 2020 is designed to operate autonomously and requires minimal maintenance. Multiple radars can be networked to provide an end-to-end solution for coastal surveillance.

PDF Brochure on LCR 2020


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