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Submarine Type A26



The Swedish Government has approved initiation of the design phase for a new generation submarines for the Royal Swedish Navy.

Next generation submarine type A26
The new generation, denominated A26, will be designed for mainly littoral operations but will also possess ocean-going capabilities. It will be powered by a conventional diesel-electric propulsion machinery, and equipped with Kockums Stirling AIP system (air-independent propulsion). The Stirling system, together with a set of balanced underwater signature properties, will make the A26 submarine very stealthy and difficult to detect. It will also be highly invulnerable to underwater explosions through a verified shock resistance.

The A26 design includes a new innovative flexible payload capability with a flexible payload lock system in addition to its conventional torpedo tubes. Furthermore it will be prepared for network connectivity. A highly modular design facilitates efficient through-life upgrades and adaptations.
 
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http://www.asdnews.com/news/26355/K..._Order_for_Next-Generation_A_26_Submarine.htm

Kockums Receives Design Order for Next-Generation A 26 Submarine


(February 25, 2010) -- Kockums AB, part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, has today signed a contract with FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration), concerning the design phase of the next-generation submarine, known as A 26. This confirms the intention to develop Sweden's submarine capability. Kockums is prime contractor for the order.

The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces has emphasized the importance of acquiring the next-generation A 26 submarine on a number of different occasions.

The next-generation submarine features several advances in the development of underwater technology and marks the adaptation of submarines to meet current and future threats and to conduct the international mission now required. This refers particularly to the submarine's role as an information gatherer. Next-generation also refers to further refinements in terms of stealth technology. The submarine will be able to see and hear everything over a wide area, while itself remaining undetected. A 26 will be designed to be efficient in the Baltic and other littoral waters.

"This is an important first step, not only for Kockums, but for the Swedish Armed Forces as a whole. We shall now be able to maintain our position at the cutting edge of submarine technology, which is vital in the light of current threat scenarios. HMS Gotland demonstrated what she is capable of during two years of joint exercises in the water off the USA. This next-generation submarine marks a further refinement of technology", states CEO Ola Alfredsson, commenting the news.

Source : ThyssenKrupp AG
 
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Kockums to Design Sweden‘s Next-Generation Submarine


Sweden‘s A26 Submarine Programme to Enter Next Phase after Government Approval

10:01 GMT, February 26, 2010 defpro.com | Following last week’s approval by the Swedish government to initiate the design phase, the country’s Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk, FMV) awarded Kockums AB, a 100% subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, with a contract for the overall design of Sweden’s next-generation submarine. This decision is seen as confirming the government’s intention to further develop Sweden’s submarine capability, after the programme was delayed and failed to be carried out as a multi-national Scandinavian procurement programme, as was originally planned. Initiation of the design phase for the submarines, designated A26, was previously approved by the Swedish government in December 2007.

Several years ago, Sweden was involved in talks with Norway and Denmark, within the framework of the so-called “Viking” project, to build a tri-national next-generation submarine. However, after Denmark decided not to operate any submarines in the future, Norway also left the project and it continued on as a national programme. Nevertheless, Norway has shown continued interest and is examining a possible future purchase of the submarine. For the time being, this remains an exclusively Swedish programme, which so far is intended to provide two submarines for the Swedish Navy, as confirmed by Ulf Lindström, Press Relations Manager at the FMV. However, the final number of next-generation submarines to be procured has not yet been decided by the government.

Commenting the order for the overall design, Kockums CEO Ola Alfredsson said: “This is an important first step, not only for Kockums, but for the Swedish Armed Forces as a whole. We shall now be able to maintain our position at the cutting edge of submarine technology, which is vital in light of the current threat scenarios. HMS Gotland demonstrated what she is capable of during two years [June 2005 - July 2007] of joint exercises in the waters off the USA. This next-generation submarine marks a further refinement of technology.”

According to Kockums, the naval capabilities of the new generation will focus on littoral operations, however, without abandoning its significant ocean-going capabilities. It will be powered by conventional diesel-electric propulsion machinery and will be equipped with Kockums Stirling AIP system (air-independent propulsion). The latter have already been successfully operated with Gotland-class submarines, which made them most interesting to the US Navy, which leased a Gotland-class vessel for naval exercise purposes. The Sterling AIP system, combined with a set of balanced underwater signature properties, makes the submarine very difficult to detect and allows it to stay submerged for weeks. Furthermore, Kockums will also attempt to create a design that will be highly protected from underwater explosions through verified shock resistance.

Ulf Lindström further commented on the capabilities of Sweden’s future submarines: “The submarine will, among other new features, be equipped to support Special Forces operations as well as the future use of autonomous or remotely controlled underwater vehicles.” The submarine, which is intended to provide a high degree of modularity, “is also optimised for efficient production using large, resiliently mounted platforms and a highly modular interior,” explained Lindström.

A key element in the future operations of the submarines will be information gathering, as Kjell Göthe, Senior Vice President PR & Communications at Kockums, told defpro.com. The combination of sensors and noiseless propulsion will enable the submarine to see and hear everything over a wide area while remaining undetected.

As Mr Göthe said, the recently awarded design contract, which will be implemented during the next two years, is an important success for Kockums and supports the further sustainment and development of Swedish expertise and know-how in the field of naval development and construction. The government is scheduled to make a decision on the building phase in spring 2010 and is aiming at 2017 for the launch of the first vessel.


Key data* of the next-generation submarine (A26):

• Length: 63m (ca.)
• Pressure hull diameter: 6,4m (ca.)
• Two pressure tight compartments

• Displacement:
- Surfaced:1,700 m³ (ca.)
- Submerged: 1,860 m³ (ca.)

• DE-Gensets: 3 x 500 kW
• Stirling AIP system Mk III: 3 x 65 kW
• Crew size (mission dependent): 17-28

(*The data was provided by the Swedish FMV.)
 
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The Gotland in San Diego, with USS Ronald Reagan in background.

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Sweden orders new cutting-edge subs


Sweden orders new cutting-edge subs

Written by Leon Engelbrecht

Friday, 26 February 2010 08:30

Kockums AB, part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, has signed a contract with FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration), for the design phase of a next-generation submarine, to be known as the A 26 class.

The A 26 features several advances in the development of underwater technology and marks the adaptation of submarines to meet current and future threats and to conduct the international mission now required, the Swedish shipbuilder says. “This refers particularly to the submarine’s role as an information gatherer. Next-generation also refers to further refinements in terms of stealth technology. The submarine will be able to see and hear everything over a wide area, while itself remaining undetected,” the company says.

The submarine will be designed to be efficient in the Baltic and other littoral waters, but will also have an oceangoing capability. “This is an important first step, not only for Kockums, but for the Swedish Armed Forces as a whole. We shall now be able to maintain our position at the cutting edge of submarine technology, which is vital in the light of current threat scenarios,” says CE Ola Alfredsson. “HMS Gotland demonstrated what she is capable of during two years of joint exercises in the water off the USA. This next-generation submarine marks a further refinement of technology”, he adds.

The boat will be powered by a conventional diesel-electric propulsion machinery, and equipped with the Kockums Stirling AIP system (air-independent propulsion). The Stirling system, together with a set of balanced underwater signature properties, will make the A26 submarine very stealthy and difficult to detect. It will also be higly invulnerable to underwater explosions through a verified shock resistance.

The A 26 design includes a new innovative flexible payload capability with a flexible payload lock system in addition to its conventional torpedo tubes. Furthermore it will be prepared for network connectivity. A highly modular design facilitates efficient through-life upgrades and adaptations.

Technical data Length over all 63 m

Beam 6.4 m

Displacement 1900 tons submerged

Weapon armament Four 53 cm bow tubes + one flexible payload lock

Weapons Positive discharge or swim-out

Propulsion Single-shaft, diesel-electric and Stirling AIP

Submerged endurance Weeks

Hull Single pressure hull, two pressure tight compartments

Crew 17-26
 

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Should be quite a bit more successful than the ill fated Gotland. Those Stirling engines are all the rave.
 

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That would be... Quoi? or Comment? not Que?

Ill fated Gotland?
Never had an export except a lease to the USN to use as target practice. What is it with you Swedes and leases? You lease your best submarine then you lease your best fighters. Sure do take alot of risks not being a NATO member.
 

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That would be... Quoi? or Comment? not Que?



Never had an export except a lease to the USN to use as target practice. What is it with you Swedes and leases? You lease your best submarine then you lease your best fighters. Sure do take alot of risks not being a NATO member.
Well, in that case Rafale is also "ill fated", though it is still an exellent fighter (like Gotland is an exellent submarine).

The americans never found it, that's why they leased it twice. It should be noted that they also leased the entire crew, so they didn't "dig around" in it if you know what I mean. The whole lease worked both ways, we got to play against the american navy with aircraft carriers and such wich gave us some experience as well.

The new A26 will probably do well in exports since there is another country involved in the project. It will be a properly good submarine.
 

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Well, in that case Rafale is also "ill fated", though it is still an exellent fighter (like Gotland is an exellent submarine).
Rafale has often been refered that way. But it won't be by this time next week.

The americans never found it, that's why they leased it twice. It should be noted that they also leased the entire crew, so they didn't "dig around" in it if you know what I mean. The whole lease worked both ways, we got to play against the american navy with aircraft carriers and such wich gave us some experience as well.
The Americans found it several times after the Reagan was photographed. They exercised with it for two years.

The new A26 will probably do well in exports since there is another country involved in the project. It will be a properly good submarine.
Perhaps, it will surely do better than the Gotland class.
 
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Sweden to invest in new submarines

Published: April 11, 2010, 04:33

NEW SUBMARINESYSTEM The Government gives notice of the spring budget to buy two new submarines and renovate two more. This is a multi-billion investment that will ensure that the Swedish submarine fleet also continues to maintain the highest class, writes Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors.

Before comprehensive defense reform, which was due-in last spring's orientation bill, had the national response organization too low usability and accessibility for today's needs. It was built on an increasingly hollowed out military service and was useful only within the country. The defense had a particular employee strength abroad, for military operations far away. But the defense of Sweden and international efforts, it was a backlash.

Defence policy had long lacked a clear perspective for the region - the Baltic, Scandinavia and Europe.

With the defense reform, we now have a standing bet with the organization and contracted joints based on voluntary recruitment, with high availability and usefulness to the defense any information. The task is to defend our country and our country's interests, whether carried out in the country, except in the neighborhood or the neighborhood, alone or with others.

Sweden will also be able to have a stabilizing effect in the neighborhood. Conflicts should be prevented from coming to us. The design and orientation of the Swedish military is given a clear conscious and neighboring Baltic profile.

Sweden has northern Europe's largest and most advanced air force. It is twice as large as our neighbors. It has analyzed the recent modern war understand the importance of air supremacy. The Air Force monitors the air space and represents a threshold for a hostile action against Sweden. To balance the Gripen system purchased now links 16 for Modern and interoperable command, and a new radar missile.

Together with Finland, Sweden initiated and over the last year built a common Baltic Sea monitoring. The cooperation has broadened and eight countries now share civilian and military sjölägesinformation in SUCBAS, creating an entirely new global picture of what's happening in the Baltic Sea.

The background to the cooperation in the Baltic Sea is that every moment of sailing ships 2000-3000. Oil transports on the Baltic Sea has doubled in size and growth will continue. The Baltic Sea is an equally sensitive, as for commerce and communications is important, ocean. Therefore, the implementation at this time also the Coast Guard a greater number of new vessels and surveillance aircraft to monitor and respond to future challenges.

Baltic Sea region is stable, as the Baltic Sea is bordered by the EU and NATO countries, Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg areas are excluded. However, you can never rule out long-term risk of crises and incidents, which may also be military in nature.

Sweden has a fleet of five new Visby corvettes, which gradually becomes operational, and with an advanced submarine conducting surveillance of the Baltic Sea, and below the surface. This represents a threshold of hostile action. Fleet focus, like air traffic, primarily for neighborhood information. There is no actor in the neighborhood that now have the ability or willingness to land in such a skilled opponent.

The Swedish conventional submarine force is absolutely world class, which was verified, including the export to Singapore and a large American interests to practice with the Swedish submarines and very good Swedish results of these exercises.

In recent years the government has worked to prepare a major substantive renewal of the submarine force. The next generation of submarines has been prepared by a progressive decision-making, until the completion of an educa, then a design phase for the preparation of drawings and specifications. Through this we can be confident that a sustainable basis for decision is arrived.

The government will therefore be in the spring budget to propose the following:

• Next-generation submarine, NGU, built and acquired. Sweden therefore decided now to buy two new submarines, which is expected to be added to the Armed Forces 2018/2019. They will replace two of Södermanland class submarines.

• Two pieces of Gotland Class submarines will get Mid-Life Update maintaining operational effectiveness.

Decisions regarding these submarines of the Gotland Class life extension until 2035, or replaced by additional purchase of new submarines, predicted thus have to be taken around 2020.

This is a multi-billion investment. This significant substantive renewal of submarine force ensured that the Swedish submarine fleet will continue to maintain the highest international standard. It also secures the unique technical skills in Sweden, and highlights the new Baltic and neighboring perspective of security policy.

Most likely, the new submarine systems that Sweden now procure to meet great interest from other countries, with potential export business as a result.

A modern submarine weapon is perhaps the most effective way to secure our country against external threat of a widespread nature. Modern submarines have an excellent collection and monitoring capabilities, and is a major obstacle for any actor who wants to use the Baltic Sea other than for peaceful shipping.

The new submarines, which the alliance will raise our decision because at the heart of the defense of Sweden.

Tolgfors (M)

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SvD
 

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If the A26 turns out to be better than the Scorpene and the German Type 214, which I think it might, then I think the IN should consider it for our future requirements !!
 

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i think india should try to build submarines like sweden both nuclear and diesel powered in large numbers in the next two decades given the conventinal submarine superiority which china possess in terms of submarines over india.china has around 62 submarines of which 10 are nuclear.we have 16 old conventinal submarines of which 7 are to be retired in the next 5 years.we should try to build china like military capacities
in all spheres by 2030 given by that time frame China will cross US in terms in terms of gdp and try to manipulate all our foreign policies like us does today.
 

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i think india should try to build submarines like sweden both nuclear and diesel powered in large numbers in the next two decades given the conventinal submarine superiority which china possess in terms of submarines over india.china has around 62 submarines of which 10 are nuclear.we have 16 old conventinal submarines of which 7 are to be retired in the next 5 years.we should try to build china like military capacities
in all spheres by 2030 given by that time frame China will cross US in terms in terms of gdp and try to manipulate all our foreign policies like us does today.
There is no doubt about China doing that. But India cannot try to keep balance in South Asia by itself. China is one big power........
We don't spent nearly as much as China on defense.

We should develop indigeneously.... ALL PARTS. Not even like Tejas where Radar from Israel, Engine from Europe, NO NO NO. Everything indigenous will make the projects cheap, and no delays!
 

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New super-submarine for the Swedish Navy | SSPA

New super-submarine for the Swedish Navy

The Swedish Navy will invest in A26 – the new super-submarine – scheduled to be operational in 2018. The submarine will be specially built to operate submerged for several weeks. It has a large lock in the bow with the ability to lock in and out divers and unmanned underwater vehicles without having to surface. This unique feature of A26 will become a universal gateway for many different types of operations avoiding the submarine to be exposed on the surface. SSPA has performed the hydrodynamic investigations for the A26.

The main mission of the A26 is gathering intelligence but with the ability to respond quickly and forcefully to any threat. It will be able to explore the area using remotely operated underwater vehicles and will have a very strong protection against shocks and underwater explosions. These qualities are suitable not only for military operations, but also for tasks like fighting drugs and weapon smugglers.

Under contract with Kockums, SSPA have been developing the hydrodynamics and propeller design of the new Swedish A26 submarine. SSPA have performed the model testing on a scale model that has been manufactured and equipped with propeller, active aft control surfaces and forward hydroplanes. With autopilot engaged, the submarine model is free-sailing.

Model testing will be performed at all three major SSPA facilities:

the towing tank
the cavitation tank
the sea keeping/maneuvering basin

SSPA have investigated the speed-power performance as well as designed the propeller and validated its performance. Further SSPA have developed a virtual maneuvering simulation model of the submarine to test its maneuvering performance, for example turning radius, depth changes and emergency flooding recovery.

SSPA has been involved in hydrodynamic development work for submarines since 1940. During this period SSPA has been involved in development and testing of all classes of Swedish submarines. The work includes model scale and full scale tests amounting to a total of well over 600 studies. SSPA has also performed submarine testing for several other European countries as well as for the Australian Collins class submarines.
 

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Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how | Defense News | defensenews.com

Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how

Aug. 22, 2014 - 03:08PM |
By GERARD O'DWYER

HELSINKI — Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024. To a great degree, this level of investment is in response to regional tensions over Russian aggression in Ukraine, and Sweden's need to strengthen its military organization and defense capability, with an emphasis on reinforcing its presence in the Baltic.

The crisis in Ukraine also has re-opened debate on Sweden's traditional position of military neutrality and its long-term relationship with NATO. Russia's involvement in Ukraine, together with its defense-strengthening near Nordic borders, has resulted in a slow but not dramatic growth in Swedish popular support for NATO membership. The Moderates, the party to which Defense Minister Karin Enström belongs, and which leads the country's Alliance coalition government, supports NATO membership.

Q. How important to Sweden is Saab's acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS)?

A. It was important for Sweden that we retained the technologies, skills and capability to produce advanced submarines. The Swedish government had already identified having an underwater capability as a national security interest. This was not really a surprise as previously we had identified having a strong capability to produce advanced fighter aircraft as also being a national security interest.

The acquisition gives Sweden greater control over the entire chain of submarine design and construction. It gives Sweden the ability to produce the submarines that it needs. It also gives Sweden the opportunity to establish cooperation with one or perhaps more international partners who are in the same position as we are, and who have a high degree of underwater competence. We needed to have a new industrial solution in the underwater area for the future. It was not just about Sweden having control, it was also influenced by a wish to have the possibility to pursue strategic international cooperation.

Q. Sweden has had the capacity to build submarines to a competitive standard for decades. How does the TKMS AB acquisition fit into the government's defense reform plans?

A. That we have the capability to build advanced submarines means we can now act more freely in this area, including the possibility that we may seek one or more international partners.

As an aside, Russian aggression in the Ukraine has of course profound implications for security in Europe, including the Nordic region and the Baltic Sea area. We have stated our intention to bolster Sweden's defense capacity and capability.

Q. What is the next phase in the armed force's submarine acquisition and modernization program?

A. The next phase will see our defense materiel administration, FMV [Försvarets Materielverk], place new orders both for the development of the next-generation submarine and the modernization of the Gotland-class submarines. We took a decision in 2010 to acquire two new submarines. The preconditions to commence this project are in place and we therefore hope that the development can start as soon as possible.

Q. Does the government's new underwater defense-industrial solution have an export dimension?

A. With the knowledge and expertise in place, as well as the intellectual properties fundamental to the continued development, production and maintenance of advanced submarines, we're convinced that there's an excellent capacity to meet both the needs of the Swedish Armed Forces and the needs on the international markets.

One shouldn't be careless when identifying national security interests. Within Europe, we are working hard to develop an open and transparent defense market, so we want the Sweden-based defense industry to be very competitive and develop solutions to stay relevant in the more open and competitive nature of the defense sector in Europe.

Q. What is the background to Sweden's decision to withdraw from its underwater cooperation, which included the design and possible construction of the A26 sub with TKMS?

A. The background to the Saab acquisition of TKMS began in 2010 when the Swedish government decided that the armed forces should have two new submarines. Negotiations between FMV and TKMS followed for the development and procurement of a new submarine. Last spring FMV concluded that the requirements for moving forward did not exist, and it wasn't possible to achieve a solution.

Taking into consideration the huge undertaking that this project presented, we want to establish cooperation with one or more strategic international partners. That would not have been possible to do under the cooperation that then existed. This is one important reason why it was necessary to seek out a new solution to secure the future of Sweden's underwater capability. FMV was unable to achieve the requirements we sought under the then-arrangement with TKMS. Following on Saab's acquisition of TKMS and its primary shipyards, we now have that solution in place.

Q. Apart from a strategic need, does Sweden see international cooperation as a means to grow its defense-industrial base and competitiveness?

A. International cooperation stands as the cornerstone for providing our armed forces with the equipment it requires. It is natural to want to know if there are others who are interested in acquiring what the Swedish defense industry develops. We always look to see if there are any other potential partners in other nations interested, and have the same needs as we have, both regarding the Nordic countries and within the framework of the European Defence Agency, or other countries.

Sweden's defense industry is highly competitive, and it has developed a unique capability to build advanced platforms across the whole spectrum of land, air and sea. We are striving for an open and transparent harmonized market in Europe based on fair competition. I believe this will benefit the European and the Swedish defense industry.

Q. Is it becoming more difficult for smaller states, such as Sweden, to compete against much larger players in the sale of aircraft and submarines?

A. It's a challenge. Nowadays, our defense companies must be open to cooperate and collaborate with other countries in terms of strategic partners and exports. The technical demands today are very very high. It's favorable for us to have the high level of competence that we have within Sweden and Sweden-based [companies]; this applies for most countries. At the same time, competition, competitiveness and cooperation must be the way forward.

Q. Sweden is at an advanced stage in the sale of 36 Gripen-E aircraft to Brazil. What is the status of talks, and why did Sweden decide not to enter the Danish fighter replacement competition?

A. Negotiations between Saab and Brazil are ongoing, and we have not heard anything to indicate they will not be able to reach an agreement by the end of 2014.

Regarding Denmark, the decision we reached followed a thorough assessment, and we decided that it was better if we did not enter the Danish bidding process. I know there are other countries that have shown interest in the Gripen fighter jet, but I do not want to speculate in any numbers.

Q. What is Sweden's view on the process of strengthening Nordic defense cooperation [NORDEFCO]? And what would Sweden like to emerge from a bilateral defense arrangement with Finland?

A. The Nordic defense ministers in December signed a joint vision of our defense cooperation, [stating] that "deepened and strengthened Nordic defence cooperation will create opportunities for our respective countries to develop, maintain and use our military means more efficiently and in a more cost-effective manner." This will also be the baseline for the Swedish chairmanship of NORDEFCO in 2015. From a Swedish perspective, NORDEFCO is a very natural complement to the cooperation within the EU and NATO.

As regards defense cooperation between Sweden and Finland, both countries signed an action plan for deepened cooperation in May. This plan aims at increasing capabilities and efficiency through combined use of resources, increased interoperability and a closer dialogue on common challenges. We have identified a number of cooperation areas that are now being studied. The defense forces will deliver a preliminary joint report on feasible cooperation areas by October.

Q. Public support for NATO membership in Sweden is growing, but at a modest level. Does the government see NATO membership as a viable long-term option?

A. Sweden has a strong partnership with NATO. Our partnership will evolve with our contribution to the NATO Response Force and its Response Forces Pool. A NATO membership would be a major decision. For security and defense, Sweden has a tradition of seeking broad political agreements. Currently, there are only two out of eight parties in the Riksdag which are in favor of joining NATO. Our aim is therefore to develop our partnership with NATO in other ways.

Q. How does the government's backing for defense-industrial solutions for underwater and the Gripen-E fit into the reorganization of Sweden's military structure?

A. We intend to step up and increase the pace of defense reform, including in training, exercises and procurement. We have also reiterated the strategic importance of the Baltic Sea region. This is a strategic interest, and having an underwater capacity is a national security requirement for Sweden. â– 

Guys, :thumb:

What you think about project A26?

We should try to join it or no? :scared1:
 

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