In the naval area, these ranges are central to the measuring and verification of underwater signatures by naval ships and submarines. Today’s advanced sensors make it increasingly difficult to remain undetected. A low signature reduces the risk of being detected by the enemy’s weapons and reconnaissance systems.
The FMV in February 2021 signed an agreement with Saab for the development of underwater signature ranges. The project included, among other things, development of the measurement systems and its IT environment, as well as the creation of a reference system. The agreement contains a number of options for the modification of a number of stations, of which some have now been initiated.
“With new equipment, the lifespan of the signature measuring stations increases significantly. It provides an increased signature measurement capability and will facilitate future updates of the systems housed in the stations,” comments Andreas Mollberg, project manager at FMV.
“We continue to strengthen Sweden’s defence capabilities. This time through our world-leading underwater technology that will ensure that the Swedish Navy can optimise its underwater signatures,” says Niclas Kolmodin, head of Saab’s business unit Underwater Systems.
The production will take place in Sweden and primarily in Linköping.