Sweden to invest billions in Gripen upgrade
Paul O'Mahony · 6 Apr 2007, 10:26
Published: 06 Apr 2007 10:26 GMT+02:00
Defence Minister Mikael Odenberg sees a number of advantages with bringing the older planes up to date.
"Our air force system will have lower operational costs, since we will just have a single version. It will also reduce the total number of planes," he told Sveriges Radio.
The minister also added that all planes would be of a sufficient standard for use in international operations.
The Green Party fears that the planes will now be made available for use in Afghanistan.
"The defence minister has already gone out and said that we are going to send Jas planes to Afghanistan. So presumably some of these planes will be sent there and that is something we are very concerned about," defence spokesman Peter Rådberg told Sveriges Radio.