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Update: 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.

A Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk: FMV) spokesperson confirmed to Janes on 12 June that the equipment procured includes the Wingman detection system and Pitbull jamming device developed by My Defence, a Danish company.

The systems were procured as part of a wider programme led by the FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces' Command and Control Combat School, which is evaluating a range of C-UAS capabilities, the FMV detailed in an announcement.

After several years of trials, it was determined that three different types of C-UAS capabilities will be procured under the programme: 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.

The spokesperson confirmed that stationary and heavy C-UASs have been procured, but were unable to comment on which specific systems.

Wingman is a ruggedised wearable radio frequency (RF) ‘drone' detector that can work together with the standalone Pitbull jammer, capable of disrupting UASs from distances of up to 1,000 m, My Defence detailed. Both systems can operate either manually or automatically.

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

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