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Sweden procures new manportable C-UASs to bolster soldier protection

The Swedish Armed Forces is receiving a variety of C-UASs, including manportable, stationary, and ‘heavy' systems. (FMV)

New portable counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) have been delivered to the Swedish Armed Forces to enhance its capability to detect and disrupt UASs.

The systems were procured as part of a wider programme led by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk: FMV) and the Swedish Armed Forces' Command and Control Combat School, which is evaluating a range of C-UAS capabilities.

After several years of trials, it was determined that three different types of C-UAS capabilities will be procured: manportable, stationary, and ‘heavy'. Once all three variants are procured, the armed forces will “have the ability to combat drones in all levels of conflict, terrain, and weather conditions”, the FMV detailed.

The ‘heavy' systems will typically be connected to a command-and-control support system and be deployed to protect infrastructure such as airbases for long periods of time, the authority added.

Each system being procured can be iterated further to keep pace with the evolving threat landscape.

The FMV had not responded to Janes regarding the contract at the time of publication.

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