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The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to provide Multi Tactical Data Links for an unspecified number of the Royal Swedish Navy’s platforms at a total contract value of SEK148 million (approx. €15 million).

The upgrade will include data links such as L16 and L22, enabling closer co-operation and communication with other nations at sea during missions. Link 16 is a military tactical data exchange network used by NATO and associated nations to allow military aircraft, ships and ground forces to exchange tactical information securely in near real-time. Link 22 is primarily maritime and complements LINK 16.

The Saab 9LV Combat Management System (CMS) will also be upgraded under the contract. The CMS is used as a command and control centre for many advanced surface vessels and submarines, providing naval forces with outstanding operational capabilities, supporting all mission types, from littorals to the open ocean. It is one of the systems currently on offer for the Canadian Surface Combatant programme, one of the largest warship procurement projects extant.

The integration of the Tactical Data Links into the Saab 9LV CMS on board the Navy’s surface warfare vessels will further strengthen [the] Swedish Navy’s operational capability,” commented Senior VP and Head of Saab’s Surveillance business area, Anders Carp. Surveillance.

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Swedish Navy vessels are to be upgraded with Link 16 and 22 tactical data links and an improved Saab combat management system. (Photo via Saab Group)

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