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Swedish military 'sold' arms to Saudi Arabia

Swedish military 'sold' arms to Saudi Arabia

Published: 12 Mar 2012 08:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Mar 2012 08:55 GMT+01:00

Many of the sights, mounts, and anti-tank missiles sold by Swedish defence firm Saab to Saudi Arabia came from the Swedish military, the Dagens Industri (DI) newspaper reported.

Following years of cutbacks, the Swedish Armed Forces found itself with a growing surplus of military equipment.

Saab proposed purchasing the materiel from the Swedish military in order to in turn sell it to Saudi Arabia.

Specifically, DI cites a deal by Saab in December 2007, when the company announced an order for several anti-tank missiles.

The paper revealed in 2010 that the buyer was Saudi Arabia, but sources now tell the paper that many of the related mounts and sights actually came from Swedish army warehouses.

According to DI, public documents support the claim that Saab paid the Swedish military for the surplus equipment with the intent of then selling it to Saudi Arabia.

The revelations come following reports last week that Sweden had planned to help build an arms factory in Saudi Arabia, a project which DI reported is directly linked to the sale of the surplus Swedish materiel.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:20 March 12, 2012 by RobinHood
I know the Swedish press, including The Local think this is a big thing, but judging by the minimal number of comments this "scandal" has attracted, either no one is surprised, or no one cares, or a bit of both.
10:52 March 12, 2012 by Iraniboy
@RobinHood

You are actually right but The local is reflecting on the responses within the Sweden itself which is considered a scandal. I can even speculate that the recent support drop for Alliansen is stemming from this scandal. Most of The local readers are conservatives with relatively low moral standards so this is not a big deal for them. They will very much use those weapons themselves if they think it supports their conservative cause.
13:34 March 12, 2012 by OUIJA
@iraniboy

Wherever I go to read something, here you are with your "ifs" and your "but I think they meant this or that". Have you made a survey to know that "most of The Local readers are conservative with relatively low moral standards so this is not a big deal for them"?

According to your statement, you belong to the non conservatives with high moral standards. What a jerk and conceided arrogant you are.

Please, stop writing your BS here and stop trying to act as a low class shrink classifying the type of readers The Local enjoys.

For the way you wrote your comment, I guess you belong to the scum of some of the debaters in these threads.
14:01 March 12, 2012 by gabbs
The world will always have armourments.

The Swedish population need to decide, if it is acceptable policy to faciliate such trade. In considering, thought has to be given to the benefit it would have brought Sweden's bank account.

I don't see anything to say that Sweden should hang their heads in shame for it, or do the opposite in the future.
14:03 March 12, 2012 by gpafledthis
@iraniboy - this an adult conversation ! Come back when you have hair behind your zipper !!
18:25 March 12, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ gabbs

Agree that arm sales to Western allies that share the same values as us is easy to stomach, and Saudi Arabia is, despite its many flaws, a bullwark against the threats made by Iran, not to mention a waterfall of oil for the West.

Having said all that, a few months ago we read the headline that someone there (a foreginer I believe) will be punished with 500 lashes for insulting the relatives of Mohammed.

If they could work this sort of thing out of their customs then it would feel better to me at least that they are being equipped with the most modern weapons.

In particular I fear an Arab spring type uprising there, where women demand greater freedoms, and youth in general demand a more secular state, which is not impossible to imagine occuring sometime in the next 10 years. In that scenario I would positively cringe to think that Swedish weapons might be used to crush them.
02:11 March 13, 2012 by Shaggy435
What kind of missiles were given to Saudi? BILLs or Carl Gustavs?
08:02 March 13, 2012 by rise
I guess some fat director at Saab became even fatter whilst the Swedish politicians were performing disarmament in Sweden, resulting in rearmament Saudi Arabia. Traitors. But what else is new?
16:33 March 13, 2012 by Michael84
what's the big deal?!!! Saudis haven't been in a war nor been threatening someone. no?
09:16 March 16, 2012 by OUIJA
I can see that Sweden has its own Assange within the government. Its new website is called Swedileaks.
20:12 May 3, 2012 by nordiskknight
In my opinion Swedish industry should minimize selling

weapons and should bring the sales upto zero level and stop any kind

of weapon industry installation in any form and any where in the

world. Sweden should not give excuses that if Sweden would not provide

these arms so China or America or any other country would provide. It

is a total nonsense. We as a country are responsible for ourselves.

Selling arms is not justifiable and should be condemned at all levels.

We are living in a civilized world where the economies should not take

support of arms dealing kind of unethical business. Besides monitory

value or monitory profit a product of any country represent good well

for mankind. Civilized world should set good example for the rest of

the world where there is goodwell deficit. Because if Sweden says

yes to selling arms even a poor country like Afghanistan would never

abandon poppy cultivation. Under- develop countries learn from

civilized world exactly in the same way as children learn from

parents. So the decision is upto us now. Lets Say NO to Weapons
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