01 Sep '12, 4pm

Will Gripen-NG Project Bring More Defense Cuts for Sweden?

Will Gripen-NG Project Bring More Defense Cuts for Sweden?

HELSINKI — Fears are growing in Sweden that the government’s plan to develop a next-generation (NG) “super” Gripen will further drain a largely static defense budget and force the Swedish armed forces into more cuts to core operations. The government has put the total cost of acquisition for the planned 60 to 80 aircraft, including development costs, at $13.5 billion. The Swedish Air Force is expected to take delivery of the first JAS Gripen E/F aircraft in 2023. The decision to develop a Gripen-NG E/F has split Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldts’ center-right coalition of Moderate, Liberal, Christian Democrat and Center parties. The Moderates and Christian Democrats support the plan, but the issue has divided Center Party members. The Liberals oppose the project, which they fear will divert funding from core defense areas. The government remains defiant. Foreign Minister C...

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