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‘Super-Jas’ costlier than expected: report

‘Super-Jas’ costlier than expected: report

Published: 27 Jul 2012 07:55 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Jul 2012 07:55 GMT+02:00

The military in March supported an earlier proposition voted through in the Riksdag that Sweden should develop up to ten of the E/F model Jas.

But according to SR, the army and the government in May received a cost prediction from the Saab Defence Group, a figure reportedly way above what was expected.

In January, SR reported that the expected price tag on the development of the new super jet would reach the vicinity of 32-33 billion kronor ($4.7-4.8 billion), but this figure has allegedly since risen significantly, according to the broadcaster.

This puts new strain on an already stretched Swedish Armed Forces, which had already come to the conclusion that economies have to be made and that policy decisions about future cut-backs or more government hand-outs must be taken.

Several sources have revealed to SR that the military on Monday will be informing the government that billions of kronor must be cut back from the development of other weapons systems planned for 2013 and 2014 to be able to afford developing the new super jet.

At the same time, the army has long warned that several other weapons systems are in crucial need of updating.

Lieutenant General Jan Salestrand of the Swedish Armed Forces was unwilling to disclose any particulars but told SR that it is a complicated situation.

“An upgrade is necessary if we want to have an air force system in the 2020s and toward 2030 to equal the development in the rest of the world. At the same time, from the military’s point of view, it cannot be done at any price,” he told the broadcaster.

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09:17 July 27, 2012 by Grävling
hmmmm I wonder why it's got more expensive? Maybe because Saab is almost bankrupt?
10:54 July 27, 2012 by Osk
Where do you get your information from that Saab Defence Group is nearly bankrupt?
11:38 July 27, 2012 by storstark
GROAN...

in the hope that investigative journalism is not dead, as i've long believed, i am still holding out that some hack somewhere will wake up one morning and think:

"you know, i'd really love to know the total cost to the swedish taxpayer of displacing people from their homelands... maybe even mix it in with the emotional cost of being displaced..." you know, the cost of weapons design, manufacture, marketing and then temper that with the cost of setting up refugees here in Sweden and providing them with living assistance, groceries and flat screen tvs...

instead, swedes share a sense of pride over their subsidised war machines... and a sense of pride over their policy of taking in refugees... the link is never made... that these are not toys or shiney, glistening examples of technical expertise... they are war machines subsidised by the swedish taxpayer and sold to military establishments around the world in order to kill and displace people...

the swedish bleeding heart is hypocritical while there is blood on our hands... try that for an angle if you're out there, Mr/Ms Journalist...
15:48 July 27, 2012 by millionmileman
First of all as a reminder SAAB Group is not the sam as the Saab automomobiles. The company is a very serious big player on the world's marketplace. The SAAB Gripen is still one on the least expensive fighters available and is the least expensive in overall operational costs.

The upgraded version will make the Gripen more competative in the export markets. This means more jobs and an improvement in the Swedish economy.
18:44 July 27, 2012 by Grävling
They are not the same yes, but the players behind are all linked, they all have a vested interest in keeping both saab's, and you can bet that both companies cross invoice each other all the time.
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