Blekinge-class submarines are said by military experts to cause anxiety to Russia when Sweden officially joins NATO.

On June 30, the Royal Swedish Navy started construction of its first Blekinge-class submarine, numbered A26, which is expected to replace the Gotlands by the end of the decade.

Saab Group representatives are excited about the Blekinge-class submarine and the company’s CEO praised the new ship’s qualities in an interview with Naval News magazine.

Saab CEO Micael Johansson said: “Sweden’s advanced scientific and technological capabilities put Sweden in one of the few countries in the world capable of building modern submarines.”

“The ceremony is not only an important milestone for the HMS Blekinge submarine itself, it is also proof that Sweden has regained its defense capabilities. We are looking forward to when the HMS Skåne will follow in the ‘elder’ footsteps.”

The Blekinge class has a long way to go before it goes live. The handover must wait until 2027 or 2028. However, the laying of the kyats is an important milestone on the way to completion.

It took 5 years of development to get the Blekinge class to this point. The Swedish military first ordered the submarine in 2015. Design began in 2017 at Saab Kockum’s shipyard in Karlskrona – where Sweden has been building ships for the past 300 years.

The Swedish Navy has invested $840 million in the Blekinge program in an effort to improve the Södermanland-class diesel-electric attack submarine from the Cold War. The Blekinge class will be quieter than ever as Sweden has special know-how in sound cancellation.

Blekinge is normally powered, but it will have special construction to help reduce noise, withstand shocks and reduce the risk of being detected by enemies. The hull will absorb noise better, and the air ducts will also be quiet.

Blekinge will be about 66 meters long with a displacement of nearly 2,000 tons. These submarines can sneak close to shore to drop special forces troops, as well as deploy unmanned vehicles underwater.

Sweden hopes that artificial intelligence-powered underwater unmanned vehicles will be able to scout and swim further to collect targeting data for the mother submarine Blekinge.

These robots will extend the range of sonar to give manned combat vehicles better survivability against enemy submarines and destroyers. They can use active sonar while Blekinge remains hidden.

If the enemy detects an unmanned submarine, even destroying it does not endanger the Blekinge, the ship can quietly leave the operational area and fight another day.

Saab is perhaps better known in the auto industry, but it has become an adept firearms maker in recent years, with sales and profits soaring. They have a plan for what undersea warfare will look like in 20 years.

While the Swedish Navy does not dominate with the number of submarines, unmanned underwater vehicles will act as a multiplier to increase power.

The Blekinge-class submarine will be a powerful and quiet warship that will give Sweden a distinct advantage over the Russian Navy in the Baltic Sea and beyond.

When Sweden officially joins NATO in the near future, the Russian Navy clearly has reason to worry when it has to face a very powerful adversary.

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