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Sweden Joins Forces with UK

Sweden Joins Forces with UK July 20, 2019

Sweden and United Kingdom signed agreement on development of future combat aircraft capabilities. Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist and his UK counterpart Penny Mordaunt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to “examine the possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft”.

According to MoU both sides will examine the possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft capabilities and combat aircraft systems. The MoU will be the starting point for the countries to analyse the conditions for deeper cooperation on the development of future combat aircraft capabilities, including future development of the JAS 39 Gripen.

The MoU does not prevent the countries from engaging in similar studies and analyses with other partners.

Discussions between industries and governments had been ongoing since the publication of the UK’s Combat Air Strategy in July 2018, with common ground identified based on similar future Combat Air requirements, including being optimised for air defence.

The Air Force Chiefs of both nations addressed the audience at the event, as well as industry. UK industry was represented by BAE Systems, whilst Swedish industry was represented by Saab.

The MoU however does not mean Sweden to join to Tempest Program according to Swedish Defence Ministry as they do not mention the program.

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