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Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to conduct concept development studies for future underwater warfare capabilities, the company announced on 5 December 2023.

The studies are preparatory in nature and will focus on the further development of key technology areas, as well as new technologies for submarines and submarine-related capabilities for Sweden.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Sweden has a long history of evolutionary submarine design and technology development by refining and adding new technologies to already-existing solutions through an iterative development process.

Sweden has a long history of submarine and underwater system design. The company has now been funded by the FMV to further these capabilities. (Image: Saab)

“Underwater capabilities are of vital interest for Sweden,” Mats Wicksell, senior vice president and head of Saab’s Kockums business area, was quoted as saying in a company press release. “These studies will help ensure that we stay in the forefront of innovation and technological development for years to come.”