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‘Super-Jas’ costlier than expected: report

The Swedish Armed Forces will have to cut back on billions of kronor by next year if they want to afford putting the new super jet JAS Gripen into production, according to a report by national broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR).

‘Super-Jas’ costlier than expected: report

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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NATO

Turkey forms ‘permanent committee’ to assess Swedish Nato deal

Turkey on Thursday said a new "permanent committee" would meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with Ankara's conditions to ratify their Nato membership bids.

Turkey forms 'permanent committee' to assess Swedish Nato deal

Finland and Sweden dropped their history of military non-alignment and announced plans to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of
February. All 30 Nato members must ratify the accession.

Nato member Turkey has demanded the extradition of dozens of suspected “terrorists” from both countries under an accession deal the three signed last month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “freeze” the process over Sweden and Finland’s failure to extradite the suspects.

He accuses them of providing a haven for outlawed Kurdish militants. “If these countries are not implementing the points included in the
memorandum that we signed, we will not ratify the accession protocol,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed in a televised interview.

He said the committee would meet in August but provided no details.Turkey’s parliament has broken for its summer recess and will not be able
to hold a ratification vote before October. Some Turkish officials have warned that the process may drag out until next year.

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