The Army organises and trains ground forces and air defence units. In co-ordination with the Air Force and the Navy, Army units conduct domestic and international operations together with other nations, organisations and government agencies.
The primary task of the Army's military units is to contribute to the defence of Sweden with our capacity to repel a similarly equipped opposing ground force. On Parliament's orders, our units must also be prepared to take part in military operations outside Sweden. In such cases, the Army contributes personnel and materiel. A number of army units are assigned to international force registers. Parts of these units serve within the auspices of military peacekeeping operations.
Examples of equipment
- Tracked vehicles
- Early warning systems
- Fixed and floating bridges
- Demining equipment
- Air defence missiles
- Armoured vehicles
- Combat vehicles
- Communication systems
- Remote controlled aircraft systems
Mechanised units, equipped with combat vehicles, are some of the Army's most powerful units, in terms of firepower. The units are trained and equipped for combat against all types of enemies, and are used to different terrains and environments.
Cavalry units train rangers, intelligence officers, and military police. Soldiers, some of whom serve in airborne units, can expect lengthy tours of duty behind enemy lines, in all sorts of terrain and under all sorts of conditions. The cavalry includes military security units.
Artillery units provide comprehensive training in ground-based indirect fire support, from sensors to command and control to weapon systems. These units' systems offer precision, long-range targeting and all-weather operability.
Air defence units provide ground-based defence system training, including sensors, command and control, and weapon systems. These systems are used to protect populated areas, military units and air bases against aerial attack.
Command and control units train staff and communication units, primarily for the command and control of combat forces and for senior command functions.
Engineering units specialise in fieldwork. This involves altering terrain in various ways to complicate enemy operations and support their own operations. These units are also tasked with disposing of ordnance (EOD).
Support units are responsible for supplying combat units with provisions, medical care and performing equipment repairs.
CBRN units handle chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear threats and incidents. Their primary role involves the detection, identification, monitoring, warning, reporting, physical protection and risk reduction of CBRN threats.