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Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'
The Local, Sweden ^ | 24 Apr 2014 | Oliver Gee

Posted on 04/24/2014 2:32:19 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

The Swedish government has announced plans to beef up its defence forces by fitting its fleet of Gripen fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles.

Defence Minister Karin Enström said the high-precision missiles would chiefly act as a deterrent to other countries that might be considering an attack on Sweden.

“They would give new capabilities by offering a longer reach, but also the ability to fight targets that are further away,” she told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Thursday.

She said the move would “increase the effectiveness” of Sweden’s defence.

The cruise missiles would be added to the next generation of Gripen jets, and would be able to cause severe damage to targets 1,000 kilometres away. Current cruise missiles can only travel half that distance. The new missiles can fly at low altitude, have GPS guidance, and can manoeuvre like an aircraft.

Gunnar Hult, a professor at Sweden's National Defence College, said that increasing the cruise missile fleet is primarily a psychological move.

“This is nothing to be concerned about; Sweden wants to build the same capabilities that other countries have built. It’s more of a psychological thing,” he told The Local.

The Swedish Armed Forces pointed out that other countries in the wider Baltic area, including Finland and Russia, were investing in similar weapons.

The new proposal flies in the face of comments from Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who said last year that cruise missiles would “never be relevant for Sweden. Our defence is a defence”.

Hult pointed out that Bildt’s comments were made long before Russia moved in on Ukraine.

“There is a clear contradiction here. Before the Ukraine crisis, a move like this would have been perceived as quite aggressive. But after Russia’s behaviour, Sweden has obviously seen the need to stock up on the missiles,” he explained.

Enström, meanwhile, claimed that Sweden had to keep up with the ever-changing face of world conflict.

The proposal ruffled feathers with the Green Party (Miljöpartiet).

“This is a 180-degree turn compared to their previous approach,” Peter Rådberg, the party’s defence policy spokesman, told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

He explained that such weapons were “crazily expensive” and were not the kind of offensive weapons needed in a defence force.

Hult argued that it was useless to define the guided missiles by their defensive or offensive properties.

“It’s not just a defence thing. In fact, the perception that weapons are ‘defence or attack’ is old-fashioned,” Hult told The Local.

“There is no static front these days. Modern Russian doctrines say that if war starts then they will strike at depth into any enemy territory.”

Green Party member Peter Rådberg added that the proposal had not yet reached the hands of the defence committee, and that he imagined it would only pass if the Alliance won the elections in September.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: aerospace; carlbildt; greenparty; gripen; gunnarhult; karinenstro; m; peterradberg; russia; sweden; ukraine

Gripen with the KEPD-350 Taurus missile

1 posted on 04/24/2014 2:32:20 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I not sure we want Vikings with cruise missiles....


2 posted on 04/24/2014 2:34:08 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

“I not sure we want Vikings with cruise missiles....”

I’m not sure why they want them as they’ve surrendered the entire country to Islam. What exactly is it they’re going to defend? Anyone invading now would be considered a rescue party.


3 posted on 04/24/2014 2:39:12 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defense'

Interesting, the Muslims and Progressives are already in control of several of their major cities, I guess the plan is "scorched earth".

4 posted on 04/24/2014 2:42:54 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

defending Lutfisk 24/7.


5 posted on 04/24/2014 2:43:13 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Not surprising considering Russia’s latest moves. This is what Russia wanted to avoid. They cannot win an arm’s race. They are too far behind now.
Luckily for them, President Obama is a wimpy girly woman.


6 posted on 04/24/2014 2:44:11 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The best defense is a good offense.


7 posted on 04/24/2014 2:48:37 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping.


8 posted on 04/24/2014 2:50:14 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Gen.Blather
Anyone invading now would be considered a rescue party.

Wow. Nice. ;)
9 posted on 04/24/2014 2:55:12 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The Swedish Armed Forces pointed out that other countries in the wider Baltic area, including Finland and Russia, were investing in similar weapons.

Call me crazy but I'd say that the Swedes are a bit more concerned by *Soviet* missiles than Finnish ones.

10 posted on 04/24/2014 3:11:17 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: AppyPappy
They cannot win an arm’s race.

Yes,they can...as long as Osama Obama is the other runner.

11 posted on 04/24/2014 3:13:10 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gay State Conservative

This is probably aimed more at the potential sales to other countries than their own defense. They are making the Gripen much more desirable. Have to wonder, though, the effect on licenses they rely on for much of the technology they use - those licenses would have been based on the prior role and expected use.


12 posted on 04/24/2014 3:22:02 PM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Well just contact Saab ,you’ll have some within a week or less


13 posted on 04/24/2014 3:31:35 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

“I not sure we want Vikings with cruise missiles....”

Don’t worry, they’ve been de-nutted along with Norway. They are now multi-cult socialist paradises and if you live there you’d better not say anything different. Some of them are trying to break free and deserve our support even though they are branded ‘racist’. We’re seeing the same thing here.


14 posted on 04/24/2014 3:52:48 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Navy Patriot

the swedes should rent these cities to all countries who want live fire combat in cities training.


15 posted on 04/24/2014 4:37:59 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Not if the former Warsaw Pact countries oppose them.


16 posted on 04/24/2014 4:42:32 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The Swedes will help Finland when needed against the obvious, expansionist adversary.


17 posted on 04/24/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

I think the Us would be in deep doodoo if we had buy our ordinance. These countries have been around for heck of longer time than we have and cannot develop a weapon system to protect themselves!
Nations black ball and demean our country but are first in line for defense systems! I would think the Iron Curtain would be better served for their needs! The Cruise is a strike weapon.
That said they should really wait for when the laser technology is up for sale. I wonder who is threatening them, 0?


18 posted on 04/24/2014 6:04:39 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: DocJhn

{US}


19 posted on 04/24/2014 6:05:29 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Army Air Corps

Bump


20 posted on 04/24/2014 7:14:55 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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