Naval Weapons

Sweden to reintroduce ASW 600 anti-submarine grenade launcher

17 February 2018

The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is to return the ASW 600 Elma anti-submarine grenade launching system to frontline service as part of efforts to bolster its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities.

According to Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the ASW-600 Elma systems – designated Antiubåts-granatkastarsystemen 83 in RSwN service – are to be installed on Koster-class mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels. Each vessel will receive four nine-barrel launcher sets firing M/90E 100 mm grenades.

The ASW 600 Elma system was originally developed in the 1980s to provide the RSwN with a low-cost ASW weapon suitable for use in shallow coastal and archipelagic waters.

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