Swedish military wants to double in size

Rear-Admiral Jonas Haggren presented the study. (Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio)
The Swedish Armed Forces says in a study presented on Friday, they need far more capacity to be flexible enough to meet a range of possible threats to Sweden.

In their study of how to meet potential threats that could exist from now until the year 2035, they want to begin expanding now, even though there remains a lot of uncertainty about exactly how the world will look then.

Rear-Admiral Jonas Haggren says that over time, they will need to raise today’s staff of 50,000 to 120,000 plus make other increases, such as adding two more submarines, doubling the Air Force and more than tripling the number of ships in the Navy.

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