Sweden may be the first in the EU with a launch site for satellites at the Esrange space base outside Kiruna. According to Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén, the Armed Forces is investigating the possibility of its own military satellites.
– I can see in front of me the use of smaller satellites that are used for a shorter time for a limited purpose, he says.
But new capacity also makes Sweden more vulnerable.
Anti-satellite weapons and space threats
After the Cold War space armament, a few decades of calm followed. In recent years, something has happened, says Sandra Lindström, research leader for defense and security-related space issues at the Swedish Defense Research Agency, FOI.
-Nowadays, space is considered an arena where you can and will need to be able to wage war. It’s like the big change that has taken place.
Participants: Sweden’s Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén, Mats Helgesson, former Air Force chief who now leads the space network at the Academy of Military Sciences, Sandra Lindström, research leader for defense and security-related space issues at FOI, the Swedish Defense Research Agency, Peter Sturesson, major, doctor of microsystem technology, and head of research at the Air Force.
Bo Torbjörn Ek, host
Ulrika Bergqvist, Reporter
Carl-Johan Ulvenäs, producer
Publisher: Nils Eklund
Techniques: Mats Jonsson
Audio from: NBC, Swedish Radio, US Department of State, UN Audiovisual Library
Source: ICELAND NEWS