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Sweden will upgrade its helicopter fleet

New anti-submarine technologies tested

Sweden is implementing new technologies on its armed forces fleets. The aim is to increase the operational defense capabilities of missions in the Baltic Sea, particularly in the area of anti-submarine warfare. In detail, Stockholm announced that it has successfully tested military helicopters capable of detecting submarines at night or in adverse weather conditions.

We are talking about European-made NHIndustries NH-90 helicopters. The Swedish Air Force fleet (Svenska flygvapnet), composed of approximately 45 rotary-wing aircraft, has nine of these NH-90 aircraft in ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) configuration in service. This is a version designed to operate on ships, with helicopters equipped with radar, sonar and sound buoys for detecting submarines, as well as torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.

The exercises were carried out during the month of October in the Stockholm archipelago and the island of Gotska, in the Baltic Sea. The use of these new technologies is functional to the defense of the north-eastern border of Europe by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which aims to limit a possible Russian threat, after Moscow began massive investments in its submarine military capabilities.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency