Drones over nuclear power plants attract attention from spy agency — Analysis

Sweden’s national intelligence service has begun investigating drones that were spotted near three nuclear power stations last week.

According to the Swedish Security Service, Monday’s announcement that they were leading an investigation into UAVs seen close to the three nation’s nuclear power plants was confirmed by them. There are concerns about the safety of these aerial threats.

Sweden’s police force was initially tasked with probing the drone sightings after they were reported over two sites in Forsmark, north of Stockholm, and Oskarshamn, in the southeast.

After a third sighting, the Swedish Security Service (also known as SAPO) took control of the investigation near Ringhals, a nuclear power plant on the west coast.

The situation was first reported to police on Friday, but they lost the track of the unmanned aerial vehicle. Officials said it was large enough to withstand the strong winds.

“With regard to the cases of drone overflights at three nuclear power plants, the assessment is made that they are of such a nature that preliminary investigations have been taken over from the police authority in order to be able to investigate the incidents in more detail,”SAPO stated in a statement.

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So far, authorities haven’t revealed any suspects in the drone attacks.

Hans Liwang is an associate professor at the Swedish National Defense College. He was quoted in local media as saying that the country wasn’t prepared for drone threats. “have not really adapted … to today’s reality.”

In 2019, the Ringhals 2 reactor shut down due to low profitability and high maintenance costs. This was done in response to the closure of Barseback and Agesta facilities.

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