A Swedish government inquiry report has proposed a three-stage financial plan into the long-term defence equipment requirements of the country's armed forces if they are to continue to sustain operational capabilities after 2020. The report is meant as input for Sweden's upcoming decision on its defence policy for 2021-25.
The report proposes additional defence spending totalling SEK168 billion (USD21 billion) in three consecutive, inter-connected stages from 2021 to 2030. Around SEK56 billion is proposed for the first stage for investments in the acquisition of "volume equipment" – such as personal equipment and standard vehicles – and in-service support, as well as increasing command and control, ground-based air defence, anti-surface warfare, and indirect fire capabilities.
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