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Swedish military ramps up helicopter fleet

TT/The Local · 9 Apr 2011, 10:23

Published: 09 Apr 2011 10:23 GMT+02:00

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Final negotiations are ongoing and if all goes well the first of the new machines may be delivered within a year, according to Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors.

The plan is for Swedish pilots begin training on the new helicopter system in the US this summer in readiness for the arrival of the helicopters early next year. This, according to Tolgfors will allow Sweden to increase its military presence in Afghanistan from 2013.

The entire new fleet of Black Hawks will be fully operational by 2017.

By purchasing a proven system, Sweden can reduce its costs and take delivery earlier wrote Tolgfors in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Although the final cost has not been reported the government has allocated 4.7 billion kronor ($755 million) for new helicopters.

The defence minister added that this sum also includes the operation of the system until 2020 and the training of pilots, crew and technicians.

The government is hoping that the purchase of the Black Hawks will provide a long term solution to Sweden's helicopter problems.

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They will be hoping for a better solution than the last major acquisition of this kind, the Helicopter 14, which was supposed to have been delivered in 2008 but is not now expected to be fully operational until 2020.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:31 April 9, 2011 by johnny1939
The Swedish government has taken leave of their senses!!
12:12 April 9, 2011 by star10
Buy American weapon to fight the American war using Swedish taxpayers money. I didn't know Swedes are so stupid that they government dare to do such stuff.
12:42 April 9, 2011 by Muff
''Sweden to increase its military presence in Afghanistan from 2013.''

Isn't Sweden set to leave Afghanistan 2014?
14:28 April 9, 2011 by Dearborn

The elders of zion are the master of puppets.
15:40 April 9, 2011 by amir1106
thats stupid !... americans are in war because they wants to sell there arms... and swedes buy these to be part of some one else's fight... wowwwwww
15:48 April 9, 2011 by rise
What are they doing?? Soon enough Sweden is going to play the game way too high I feel... :-(
17:32 April 9, 2011 by hjoian
Sucker punched......buy our hardware,fight our war,lose your soldiers and the helicopters in action,and yet the money still rolls in to prop up the US federal goverment. Welcome to the real war ladies and gentlemen.
20:56 April 9, 2011 by Njal
Agreed with all the comments on America. The voice of the people isn't heard in the US because people are apathetic.

The US (the corrupt banker-controlled government) was the worst war-mongering state of the 20th century, and looks like it means to be for the 21rst century too.

Don't buy the helicopters, let their corrupt and evil Federal reserve die. Why on earth does Sweden need to increase it's 'warfighting' ability anyways?
21:34 April 9, 2011 by eddie123
there is so much bashing of the swedish governments decision to acquire black hawks for it's military use. well, swedish just had an election in 2010 and i didn't hear the electorate or candidates make an issue of sweden's military involvement in afghanistan.

therefore, swedes or a vast majority of swedes are in agreement with their government on their policing role in afghanistan. consequently, it is proper that the swedish troops so deplored for policing duties are properly equipped to discharge their duties in afghanistan.

buying black hawks is thus not an issue. the safety of swedish citizens serving in afghanistan is the main issue on hand. insofar as the country or its citizens do not oppose their continued military presence in afghanistan, the hullaballoo on purchasing transport for the troops is uncalled for.
21:42 April 9, 2011 by Nemesis
The Swedish version of Black Hawk Down should be interesting.

I cant wait to read of the first shooting incident :)
22:14 April 9, 2011 by Roger O. Thornhill
Amazing! Sweden would be more secure and effective using longboats with oarsmen and sword/shield than state of the art helicopters.

Of course is it really money well spent when only tasked with behind the line adminstrative duties?
22:55 April 9, 2011 by muscle
USA ruined it's economy by indulging in wars and wars and being an a$$holic critic to other governments. Sweden should learn from it and stay away from the germs of USA!
06:21 April 10, 2011 by wenddiver
Way cool! Hopefully they got the SPEC OPs model with all the toys, so they can go tearing a#@ around IN Country hunting Terrorists like the Rattle Snake who blew himself up in Sweden. You have the perfect tool for revenge on the people who would kill your civillians, make'em weep.

Suggest they name the Swedish varriants "Longships".

Muscle do you Middle Easterners ever side with Sweden against the terrorists?
08:13 April 10, 2011 by IntricateMind
Bravo Sweden!!
12:00 April 10, 2011 by muscle
@wenddiver: I always take the side of governments fighting the terrorists! But problem right now is, the major cause of war is because of interests of US. I will not say whether US is doing wrong or right, but other countries need to stay away from it. Why are they getting involved for nothing?

Any country that is attacked by US forces, teh asylum seekers go to european countries! Then the EU people start shouting that stop the asylum seekers! You can not do that. Sweden should stand out and say that it should not be involved in it! Why making enemies for nothing? tell me?

And I am not from middle eastern country, but a region that is going to be the next world power ok.
12:55 April 10, 2011 by Dearborn
Is he a lier?


free speech!
20:24 April 10, 2011 by krattan
4.7 billion kronor could be better spent on the Swedish railway system. About half of it would actually suffice according to the leaving SJ head.
01:41 April 11, 2011 by tariq mehmood
this is a stupid action of Swedish government. there is nothing in Afghanistan and America is fighting there, for its own benefits, but what Sweden is doing there? this huge money, Sweden can spend on its own people, who don't have enough apartments to live.
04:36 April 11, 2011 by chemist007
A useless war that Americans are fighting in Afghanistan. Its their war n Swedish Army is already there n wts the use of these helicopters. Swedes.....most peaceful people on the earth n y government is wasting money for a useless purpose. its strange
11:12 April 11, 2011 by wenddiver
@Muscle-So a couple years growth and now your the next world power. Pretty Funny, but we have been told off by more advanced countries than yours I'm sure. I take it you are from one of the cheap junk merchants that the poorer people have to buy their stuff from. Get a grip buddy, we haven't exactly been doing badly against the old Soviet and Chi-com junk lately. History is littered with nations that thought the Americans too decadent to get their act together and destroy their government.

Don't count the West out just yet, there are a few Winston Churchill speeches you might want to read, before you go there.
21:08 April 11, 2011 by Zhorka
It makes sense that lackeys of the US do what their master tell them.
07:45 April 12, 2011 by wabasha
come on people... its called suppy and demand.
09:50 April 12, 2011 by wenddiver
@Nemis- Your on the wrong movie think of a Swedish Version of the helecopter attack in Apocalypes Now.

Hopefully the US will installed the Psyops Speakers, so they can play flight of the Valkyries.
15:17 April 17, 2011 by tigger007
first of all stop bashing america,if some rouge country was to try and take over your beloved sweden. you dusche bags would call on america to come and save your aszzz! there's nothing wrong with getting the helo's for the training and

advancement of the swedish army air core. all the towel heads keep your thoughtful and hateful comments to yourselves and commys too! if america was to gave your green cards to live in american,you would jump at the chance!

don't you worry towel heads we will be in your country soon enough!
01:06 April 18, 2011 by Muff

At least we wait for the green card, By your last statement it seems that your pretty desperate to leave your own country,
13:56 May 29, 2011 by old git
well maybe the military guys want some new toys before 2020 and afghanistan is an excuse. don't know who they'll be there with cause the Americans , brits, dutch, germans are all pulling out shortly...
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