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Sikorsky to Support Advanced Blackhawk for Swedish Armed Forces

July 13, 2012
By George Seffers

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $41,906,702 firm-fixed-price contract modification to procure integrated logistics support, program management, aircraft warranty, maintenance manpower and software loading to support the 15 UH-60M "Green" aircraft procured for the Swedish Armed Forces. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Swedish Army Purchases AeroVironment Unmanned Aircraft

June 11, 2012
By George Seffers

AeroVironment Incorporated, Monrovia, California, recently announced that it has received a firm fixed-price order for 12 hybrid small unmanned aircraft systems from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk) on behalf of the Swedish Army. The order consists of Puma AE and Wasp air vehicles, ground stations, training, and logistics support. Contract options could increase the procurement to a total of 30 systems. The Swedish Army will deploy the systems to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of a wide variety of missions.

Swedish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization Purchases Rugged Computers

January 20, 2012
By George Seffers

MilDef AB, Helsingborg, Sweden, will support the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) with rugged Rocky RK9 rugged computers and special electronics. The first deliveries to DALO will take place this month.

Northrop Grumman to Upgrade Radars on Swedish Patrol Boats

May 25, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit, Charlottesville, Virginia, has won a contract to upgrade the navigation radars on five Swedish navy patrol boats. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine will retrofit each ship with two dual-band interswitched chart radar systems with navalized display features. The systems are based on Sperry Marine's advanced VisionMaster FT navigation technology with WideView multifunction displays. The initial contract includes five ships with options for six additional ships, plus a spare system, spare parts, service and maintenance. CA Clase Marinelektronik AB, Sperry Marine's sales and service representative in Sweden, will be responsible for installing, commissioning, testing and technical support for the project.

Change at the Roots Defines Swedish Military

February 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Sweden is transforming its military across the board, beginning with its personnel makeup. The Northern European country, which has not been at war since 1814, is transitioning from a conscript military to a fully professional force. This change will reshape the military along different force lines with different emphases.
At a time when many other Western militaries are looking at deep cuts in their defense budgets, Sweden expects at worst a flat budget for the foreseeable future. Priorities for hardware expenditures may shift depending on ongoing studies, but not because of budget pressures.

Swedish Government Sets Fast Technology Pace

February 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

The public sector and industry are collaborating to catapult Sweden into becoming one of the world’s most information technology-savvy nations in the world. Contributions to this progress have been coming from all segments of the population. New government leaders are setting substantial technology goals for the country to achieve as a whole. The armed forces not only are preparing their troops with home-grown technologies but also taking part in NATO operations, which requires them to keep up with advances in other nations. And, up-and-coming small- and mid-size businesses are creating innovations that soon-to-be-renovated law will allow them to sell to a longer list of buyers.

Technology Sector Poised for Growth

February 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

Fueled by interoperability demands, outsourcing and exports, Sweden’s information technology market is likely to grow over the next few years, according to experts. With Sweden and many other countries increasingly focused on interoperability and outsourcing, Swedish industry is finding new opportunities both at home and abroad and looking forward to a period of surging business.

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