2007 Budget Proposal Cuts Swedish Gripen Force, Looks to Buy Strategic Lift

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Darkening prospects?(click to view full) On April 25, 2006, the Swedish Armed Forces submitted their 2007 budget proposal [note: page in Swedish]. The Armed Forces’ plans include continued commitment in the Balkans and Afghanistan, and they anticipate that from 2008, Sweden “will have the capability to contribute to two major and three minor crisis management operations simultaneously.” The English release adds that “units in the Navy and the Air Force should be given a greater role in international operations.” There might be fewer of them, though. General Lieutenant Mats Nilsson was frank: “We need to have a proper number to be able to operate the [JAS-39 Gripen fighter] in the long-term from the type of organization which parliament and the government have determined.” What does that mean, specifically? How could it affect a number of international fighter competitions? And where does “strategic air movement” fit into the picture? JAS-39 Gripen cutaway(click to download lg) About 204 JAS-39 aircraft, including 28 two seaters, were ordered in three production batches: 30 in Batch 1(JAS-39A), 110 in Batch 2 (96 JAS-39A, 14 JAS-39B) and 64 Batch 3 (50 JAS-39C, 14 JAS-39D) aircraft. Some of these aircraft have gone to the Czech Republic (14) […]

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