Saab hands over SIGINT-ship HMS Artemis to Sweden

Defence company Saab has delivered the new platform for signal intelligence (SIGINT) and information gathering at sea, the ship HMS Artemis, to Sweden.


35 years after its predecessor HMS Orion, HMS Artemis was launched. Now, the vessel will be fitted with signal intelligence equipment under the care of the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA).

“This is an important day in Saab’s history, when the shipyard in Karlskrona is delivering the first new constructed ship after Saab’s take-over of Kockums almost ten years ago. The Signal Intelligence capabilities are important for Sweden and today is an important milestone. I am proud of the unique shipbuilding competence that Kockums has demonstrated in this programme and today’s delivery is an acknowledgement that Sweden has regained the capability to develop and build world-class ships and boats,” said Mats Wicksell, Head of Business Area Kockums, Saab. 

The new ship will have better manueverability and will give the Swedish Armed Forces and The National Defence Radio Establishment personnel a better living environment onboard.

In addition, its electromagnetic compatibility, or EMC-capabilities will be improved. This means that the number of disrupting signals that the ship makes will be reduced.

In addition to the signal to signals intelligence equipment installed by FRA, the ship is equipped with sensors for naval intelligence.