Three more nations on 9 November joined NATO’s Smart Defence project that oversees joint purchases of precision guided munitions (PGMs). Among the trio is Finland, a NATO partner country whose inclusion sets a precedent for NATO’s other trusted partner countries to join the initiative as well.
“Now that Finland is making the leap, Sweden will probably be interested in doing the same,” a NATO official told Jane’s on the eve of the announcement. “I think it is more a question of when, not if.”
Prompted by the gaps in smart bomb supplies and deliveries suffered by the European allies during NATO’s 2011 bombing campaign against Libya, the PGM project was launched at NATO’s September 2014 summit in Wales.
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