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32nd Intelligence Battalion

The 32nd Intelligence Battalion (Swedish: 32. Underrättelsebataljonen) is the primer reconnaissance and intelligence gathering unit of the Swedish Army. The battalion possesses units and material to conduct long range reconnaissance, sabotage and control indirect fire as well as close air support (CAS). It also has the main responsibility for all drone operations in the Swedish military. It is organized under the Life Regiment Hussars (K 3) in Karlsborg.

32nd Intelligence Battalion
32. Underrättelsebataljon
Country  Sweden
Branch Swedish Army
Type Special reconnaissance
Role Long range reconnaissance
Sabotage
HUMINT
UAV-operations
Size Battalion
Part of Life Regiment Hussars
Garrison/HQ Karlsborg
Engagements KFOR
War in Afghanistan
Northern Mali conflict

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Tasks and operationsEdit

The 32nd Intelligence Battalion is tasked with various reconnaissance and intelligence gathering operations. The majority of this being carried out by the Ranger squadrons, who operate with 8 man patrols over long ranges deep behind enemy lines in order to conduct reconnaissance or sabotage vital enemy support functions/infrastructure. In addition to that, the battalion has unmanned aerial vehicles, both smaller SUAV systems at the Ranger squadrons as well as larger, more advanced TUAV systems.

The battalion has deployed to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Mali, conducting the full spectre of its wartime tasks.

OrganizationEdit

The battalion in its current form comprises one staff and support squadron, two reconnaissance squadrons and one company of paratroopers. The staff and support squadron provides command and logistic support, along with housing several specialist functions such as a HUMINT platoon and the battalions TUAV's. The reconnaissance squadrons along with the para rangers are made up of 3–4 platoons with 8-man patrols along with specialist functions such as snipers, TACP and SUAV teams.

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