Sweden’s government pledges more money for defense

Two Swedish Jan-39 Gripen jet fighters in 2005. (Michal Cizek/AFP)
Two Swedish Jan-39 Gripen jet fighters in 2005. (Michal Cizek/AFP)
In the wake of a naval hunt for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters, the government’s proposed budget called for a greater-than-expected defense allocation totaling SEK 4.16 billion for the next four years.

The 2015 budget, proposed by the newly-elected red-green government Thursday, calls for defense investments of SEK 680 million in additional spending for next year.

The government also wants to allocate SEK 900 million in a one-time sum to finance the development of the new Jas 39 Gripen fighter jet. The extra cost was created by Switzerland bowing out as a partner in the development of the plane.

Finance Minister and Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, who presented the budget, had said that the red-green budget’s defense spending took into account a recommendation from May that the military should expand its operational capabilities.

The proposed allocations rise successively each year: SEK 800 million for 2016, SEK 1.24 billion for 2017, and SEK 1.44 billion for 2018, according to figures from Swedish Radio news.

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