Swedish fleet of Gripen aircraft to enhance NATO Baltic Air Policing mission

By Defence Industry Europe

“Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership strengthens the alliance and bolsters our common security. Thanks to Sweden’s naval resources and strong position in the air, we can take on great responsibility in the entire Baltic region,” said Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson at the Folk och Försvar Annual National Conference in Sälen.

“Sweden is a high-tech country and we shall have high-tech defence. We have a strong air force based on a tried-and-tested and well-armed Gripen system. We have a highly advanced submarine fleet and sophisticated surveillance capabilities both above and at sea. We have an internationally renowned and technologically strong intelligence service – and we have internationally experienced special forces. The army is once more based on brigades that are equipped and drilled to fight with combination weapons,” said Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson.

Speaking about concrete measures and defence capabilities that Sweden will bring to NATO upon joining the Alliance, Ulf Kristersson underlined Sweden’s “intention, using Gripen aircraft, to assist with incident contingency for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, through NATO’s Baltic Air Policing.”

“We are also prepared to assist in NATO’s Air Policing in the Black Sea and in Iceland. These are joint commitments for all members,” said Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson.



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