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ÅF contributes to Swedish national security

A new signal intelligence (SIGINT) ship for the Swedish Navy was launched on April 18. ÅF has responsibility for ensuring cyber security compliance during the project, including requirement management and follow up of suppliers design and solutions.

ÅF is responsible for IT security activities. Photo: Swedish Defence Material Administration

The new SIGINT ship is named HMS Artemis. It is 74 metres long with displacement of 2,200 tonnes and will replace the current intelligence-gathering vessel HMS Orion. An important milestone in the construction of the new ship was reached when launching took place on April 18 in Gdynia, Poland.

The Cyber Security Unit at ÅF is responsible for IT security activities in the Swedish Defence Material Administration’s project team for the construction of the new SIGINT ship. That includes responsibility for ensuring compliance with the accreditation process during the project, requirement management and follow up of suppliers design and solutions.

“ÅF has the skills and staff to ensure robust IT security solutions when Sweden builds its defence capabilities. Being part of the SIGINT ship project proves our capabilities and the trust given to us by our customer. And not only do we work in the naval domain, but we also deliver IT security solutions to the rest of the defence forces as well as the rest of society”, says Mats Wallin, Business Unit Manager Defence and Security.

The assignment is one example of how ÅF contributes to Swedish national security with well-defined processes and a structured systems approach together with competent and well educated staff.