Nordic states increase military capabilities, plan to invest billions

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 9.11.2017 14:20

According to a statement of the Swedish government from 7 November, the country is about to start talks with the US on the purchase of anti-aircraft Patriot systems worth more than €1 billion. Meanwhile, Norway received its first three F-35A Lightning II jets on Friday out of the total 52 planned.

Norwegian F-35As will replace its current F-16 Fighting Falcon jets and thus significantly increase the Norwegian Air Force's capabilities. Between 2018 and 2024, Norway plans to acquire six F-35As every year but the acquisition of proper aircraft equipment will also be an issue. Sweden's intention to acquire Patriot air defence systems is a part of increasing the country's defence budget in response to Russia's increasingly provocative foreign policy. In Sweden, there are also growing concerns about technological advances in rocket programs of other countries such as China, Iran or North Korea. Due to the Russian threat, Sweden also militarised the strategically important island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Finland has a similar stance and has been considering the possibility of joining NATO more deeply in the last few months. However, this is still purely a consideration, as it would likely provoke further reactions from Russia.

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