Sweden To Purchase Patriot Air Defense Systems From United States

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Sweden To Purchase Patriot Air Defense Systems From United States

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Sweden will buy Patriiot systems; + background on the failed attempts of Lockheed Martin to enter European market with its MEADS.

On August 8th, Sweden signed a contract to purchase Patriot missile defense systems from the US.

The signing comes just one week, after on August 1st, Sweden announced its intention to purchase the Raytheon-made Patriot air and missile defense system.

The signing of the contract was announced to the media by a statement from the Swedish government. The statement was as follows: “Today, the government decided to authorize the armed forces to purchase a new medium-range air defense system. At the same time, the government decided to allow the Defence Materiel Administration of the armed forces to conclude an agreement with the United States on the purchase of the US Patriot air defense system.”

According to a US State Department notification to Congress of the possible weapons sale to Sweden, the deal included four Patriot Configuration 3+ Modernized Fire Units — the latest variant of the system — including 100 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhancement Missile-TBM missiles and 200 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles for $3.2 billion. The PAC-3 MSEs are the most advanced interceptors on the market for the Patriot system. According to Lockheed Martin, which builds the interceptors: “The PAC-3 MSE incorporates a larger, dual pulse solid rocket motor; larger fins; and upgraded actuators and thermal batteries to accommodate increased performance. The modifications extends the missile’s reach.”

It is yet unclear if that is the final cost, because it is always subject to change with negotiations. Regardless of the price, it is unclear how Sweden will pay for the systems. As reported by Defense News on July 6th, “latest organizational strength assessments, produced by the Swedish Armed Forces for the Ministry of Defence, suggest the military will lack adequate funding in 2019-2020 to cover its day-to-day operational needs or to proceed with key procurement programs, including the purchase of Patriot missiles.”

Furthermore, the major parties in Sweden support the purchase, however the opposition is against it. The opposition is concerned that the purchase of the defense system may leave no funds for other operational needs, with some of them requesting to provide a special allocation outside the normal defense budget to cover the purchase.

Sweden is not part of NATO, however it has close relations with the alliance. It has also been in the process of increasing its armed forces. As reported by Sputnik, after Romania became the 14th country to purchase the defense system back in 2014, Poland and Sweden have joined that list. There has been an increase in NATO activity in Sweden as of recent years. Sweden’s biggest military exercise in 23 years was a NATO organized one. Aurora 17, took place between September 11th and 23rd, 2017. It saw more than 20,000 troops carry out drills supported by US and French air defence units. In 2016, Stockholm introduced an agreement that allows NATO forces to be deployed in Sweden, but only with the host country’s permission.

The deepened ties with NATO are most likely a result of the Russia’s bolstered armed forces and increased presence in the Baltic.

As reported by Defense News, the deal also marks yet another big lot of PAC-3 MSE missiles sales to Europe. Lockheed plans to double its production capacity of the missile to accommodate the massive surge in sales, particularly abroad.

However, Lockheed Martin has had little success with its Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) in Europe. Lockheed had a deal to deploy MEADS in Germany, which was supposed to be signed in early 2017, however due to delays it was not. As of March 6th 2018, the deal for the MEADS system is supposed to be complete by the end of 2018, due to long delays.

When asked why the MEADS contract has been delayed by nearly two years, Frank St. John, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire control said: “There are a couple of things that created the situation that we are in. One is this is a sole-source and the German process for doing a procurement of this magnitude sole-source is pretty deliberate, and they want to make sure they are getting exactly what they want and that they are getting it at exactly the right value. And so, they are going through a pretty detailed process there.”

Furthermore, MEADS was initially proposed while it was under development by the US government and that is the version Germany wanted, according to St. John. “Not everything about MEADS as it came out of U.S. development is exactly what the Germans wanted, and so there have been some detailed discussions about specific threats, specific interfaces, specific command and control unique to German use,” he said.

As reported by Defense News, The MEADS program remains in limbo since the end of the technology development program between Germany, Italy and the U.S. It was initially supposed to replace the Patriot system in the US. However, the country decided not to procure the MEADS.

Raytheon and Lockheed were competing for the European medium-range air and missile defense systems market. It was a sort of race, in which if Raytheon signed a deal with Poland for the Patriot system, analysts, cited by Defense News, thought that other European countries would follow suit. However, if Lockheed Martin was capable of concluding the deal with Germany they would have the advantage and the EU countries would follow Germany’s example.

However, the US signed a contract with Poland for a first phase Patriot at the end of March. And following suit, Romania signed a deal for the Patriot and now Sweden has also joined the ranks. Lockheed Martin’s MEADS system appears to have been unsuccessful in Europe.

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  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    If Sweden really thought they needed to defend themselves they would have bought Russian.
    It’s just a scam to divert money from social programs.

  • jakoDELETED

    Patriot has reputation of targeting those who use them.
    They just boomerang at you and if you are not fast enough to run away …off it goes your sorry @ss!

    But….if they manage to shoot down airliner or two with false refugees it might justify expense….

    • Pave Way IV

      They could always buy the S-400 to protect themselves from their errant Patriot PAC-3s.

      I’m not sure the boomerang problem will still exist with the newest PAAC-4 (Stunner, SkyCept) missile. That’s part of the long-planned outsourcing of the U.S. defense industry to Israel. For now, Israel’s Rafael has agreed to permit 50% of the PAAC-4s’ components to be built in the U.S. – how f’king generous! Appropriate Polish defense officials have been generously shekel’d to ask for the cheaper Israeli SkyCept missiles in their newly-purchased Patriot systems. I would expect no less from Swedish politicians – you WILL be asking for and getting the Israeli missiles, not the expensive, junky MSEs.

      That’s the beauty of convincing most of the U.S. congress to have secret dual US/Israeli citizenship. These appropriations and defense job give-away bills just write themselves!

      Sorry Lockheed-Martin employees, you’ve been Shoahed. You didn’t really think your Khazar bosses were interested more in YOUR U.S. defense than in protecting THEIR sacks of shekels, did you? Silly f’king peons…

  • You can call me Al

    If I was Sweden, they should save their money for more cars, not expensive, shit Patriot Configuration 3+ Modernized Fire Units.

    • peacelover

      By the way what is the problem they face from Russia. I mean why they need those air defenses?

      • John Whitehot

        “why they need those air defenses?”

        Because Raytheon puts money in some swedish 4-star uniform, and wants swedish money in exchange.

        • peacelover

          Yes reality

      • You can call me Al

        I have no idea. It doesn’t make sense but the Yanks need to sell their crap.

        • zman

          There you have it. The only thing the ‘Duck’ is good for is selling. He’s ‘selling’ Europe the pie in the sky idea that if Europe buys enough US crap, the US will stay afloat and save the western economies they all rely on…at least this is the public view. This is really nothing less than extortion. As long as there are greedy, corrupt politicians with dirt, the US (Israel) will have no shortage of buyers.

  • potcracker2588

    sweden hahaha pathetic country pathetic people….getting raped by moslem bastards day in day out…now they are burning down their cities…lol…..air defense lol…….well I quess they are deepthroating them satanic jews and eating their cum….hence doing excatly as they are told by their satanic jew masters.
    so keep on sucking jew cock you sweden bitches

    • peacelover

      Hahaha well said

  • John Whitehot

    sweden is foolish to buy US weapons instead of Euro ones.

    Sadly, since cold war there is a yank-loving section of high level generals and admirals in the swedish military that probably lobbies on the MinDef for this kind of deals.

  • leon mc pilibin

    Buy our junk ,OR ELSE,says the Kosher Nostra Mafia DON.

  • michael Harrison

    Swedens enemy is already inside the wire.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      and in the rest of the western world, they are not?

      • Jens Holm

        No, we run each other and feel fine about it.

    • Sinbad2

      When GW Bush appointed Karl Rove prefect of Sweden, it was the end of one of the few remaining countries not ruled by the empire.

    • Ripley knows!

  • AJ

    Why does Sweden need defensive weapons when theyve already been invaded by migrant hoardes destroying the country! look at the riots & car burnings the other night

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      It is part of the price, they pay, in order not to be in the shit list, of UK/USrael.

  • Empire’s Frontiers

    Simply more coordinates of hardware that will need to be destroyed if things arrive to the circumstance of its serious use.

    Suppose the men and women who signed this dotted line will be long in their bunkers by those moments.

  • Sinbad2

    Some call it bootlegging. Some call it racketeering. I call it a business.(Al Capone)

    The more I read of Capone, the more I realize that he is the essence of America.

  • Who is attacking Sweden with bombers and missiles? Who is threatening them with such attacks, except in the paranoid fantasies of imbeciles? On the other hand, Sweden’s parking lots are filled with burning cars, yet the Swedes seem to have no clue about how that is happening.

  • Bob

    Sweden – if their political leadership’s decisions weren’t already woefully incompetent enough – they just keep on doubling down – committing to an over-priced and under-performing US hardware acquisition policy.

  • JPH

    So now in 2018 the Swedes are buying a system which basic design dates from 70′?
    Whatever modernization, that basic design will limit its effectiveness.

  • batavian

    If all NATO countries buy Patriots and F-35s, it could be short war. Russia might not have to call up its reserves.