Saab to provide semi-autonomous Double Eagle undersea system to Kuwait

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BEIRUT — The U.S. Navy has hired Saab to provide the Double Eagle undersea vehicle to Kuwait, according to a Dec. 11 news release from the Swedish firm.

The Kuwait Naval Force is to receive the semi-autonomous, remotely operated system through the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sales program.

The company did not immediately respond to the Defense News’ request for further details about the sale, including the value of the contract.

The Double Eagle can launch from several types of craft and from the shore to carry out mine countermeasure missions. Users can store the vehicle in standard containers.

According to Saab, the system can both detect and dispose of mines.

“We are excited to introduce the production of this undersea vehicle capability to the U.S.,” Erik Smith, president and CEO of Saab’s U.S. subsidiary, said in the release.

The company said its American division will produce system parts in collaboration with other production centers located in Sweden, the U.K. and Denmark.

Agnese Stracquadanio is a Middle East correspondent for Defense News. She has a background in writing and photojournalism, holds a master’s degree in international relations, and previously worked for Reuters.

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