Sus­pi­cious drones halt Swedish mil­i­tary drill

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY BREACHES -

Ama­jor Swedish naval ex­er­cise was dis­rupted by the sud­den ap­pear­ance of re­mote-con­trolled drones. The ma­noeu­vres were in­ter­rupted, and weapons were loaded with live am­mu­ni­tion to shoot down the in­trud­ers, which man­aged to es­cape. In­ci­den­tally, the Fin­nish mil­i­tary, also said they were vis­ited by drones shortly there­after.

“We can con­firm these ob­ser­va­tions. But what it was, and to what ex­tent, is noth­ing we can go into,” Swedish Armed Forces Press Sec­re­tary Jes­per Ten­groth told Da­gens Ny­heter. Ac­cord­ing to mil­i­tary re­ports, the units in­volved swapped their train­ing blanks to live am­mu­ni­tion to shoot down the tres­passer. Ul­ti­mately, how­ever, they didn’t open fire. Jes­per Ten­groth said that the Swedish armed forces al­ways adapted to cur­rent threats.

The drones ob­served over Swenex were equipped with po­si­tion lights vis­i­ble in the dark­ness, which led to spec­u­la­tion that a “ma­jor su­per­power” was be­hind the en­croach­ment in or­der to openly demon­strate that it had the ca­pac­ity to keep a close eye on the Swedish de­fence.

All in all, 2,000 troops, 20 war­ships, a num­ber of sur­veil­lance air­craft, war­planes and he­li­copters par­tic­i­pated in the Swenex 2016 ex­er­cise, which was held be­tween Novem­ber 14 and 23, 201.

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