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Thailand keen to buy Sweden's JAS fighters

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12:54 CEST+02:00
Kongsok Wantana, commander in chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, told journalists on Friday that Thailand had decided to replace its fleet of 16 ageing F5 planes with the JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets. According to Reuters, the deal could be worth some 10 billion crowns.

Saab is, however, toning down the significance of the commander's remarks and assessments of the value of the deal.

"It's certainly good news that Thailand is so interested, but nothing is decided. We haven't even begun talks on price, delivery terms and the like," says Peter Larsson, Saab's press officer.

Persson in favour of JAS deal

Prime Minister Göran Persson is in favour of the sale of JAS 39 Gripen jets to Thailand. Not only would such a deal help ease the economic burden on the defence, it would also help to increase trade with south-east Asia, he commented.

Stena poised to invest in supertankers

The Stena group has drafted a supertanker that is 299 metres long and able to carry 200,000 tonnes of oil and which is specifically designed to traffic the Baltic Sea.

Stena has plans to order four such tankers, the cost of which is expected to be in the region of 2.5 billion crowns.

The tankers are intended to carry Russian oil to the USA and Western Europe. With Russian oil exports on the increase, Stena plans to set ten newly built tankers in the Baltic in the coming years.

No support for Capio

Unconfirmed sources suggest that the European Commission is not prepared to support healthcare group Capio in its battle to prevent a ban on profit-driven hospitals in Sweden

House market cooling down

In the past year house prices have risen by 10 per cent in Sweden with a villa costing an average 1.3 million crowns, though there are huge variations between regions. In metropolitan areas the average house price is now over 2 million crowns.

However, according to Statistics Sweden, there are signs that the housing market is cooling down.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Industri

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