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Swedish Army to get new mobile communications platforms

The Technical High Mobility Shelter is a rapidly deployable C2 system that can be fitted on wheeled or tracked vehicles. (Elbit Systems )

Elbit Systems is to equip the Swedish Armed Forces with new mobile tactical communications stations.

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) awarded a SEK500 million (USD48.79 million) contract to Elbit Systems Sweden for the supply of its Technical High Mobility Shelters (THMSs) to the Swedish Army, the company announced on 24 January.

Under the contract, the company will develop and deliver two THMS variants – RL HYTT 24A and RL HYTT 24B, the company said.

The stations, which can be installed on both tracked and wheeled platforms, will be delivered to the Swedish Army over a three-year period (2023–25). Optional extensions and lifetime maintenance can be exercised, bringing the total value of the contract to SEK600 million, according to the announcement.

An FMV spokesperson informed Janes that the Swedish Armed Forces are procuring 80 shelters, with an option to acquire an additional 100 as part of the contract.

The procurement is “related to the LSS Mark programme” and the cabins are intended for several regiments/armoured units, including the Skaraborg Regiment (P4) and the Norrbotten Regiment (I19), the spokesperson added.

LSS Mark is an ongoing digitisation programme to modernise the country's ground command-and-control (C2) systems with a new tactical command support system.

A company spokesperson told Janes that the THMS “along with our SDRs [software-defined radios] and radiolinks will function as a crucial building block for the Swedish Army's new C2 infrastructure. It will give [them] tactical communication capabilities on a variety of different platforms”. They were unable to divulge any technical details.

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