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Swedish FMV signs Patriot agreement

14 August 2018

The Swedish FMV has signed an agreement with the United States to purchase the Patriot air defence system. Source: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, announced on 10 August that it had signed an agreement with the United States to purchase the Patriot air defence system.

The agreement was signed by Swedish Air Force Lieutenant General Johan Svensson, chief of Armed Forces Training and Development; FMV General Director Göran Mårtensson; and David E Lindwall, Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy in Stockholm.

The FMV said the signing of the agreement allows it to proceed with the procurement of four fire units, missiles, spare parts, maintenance systems, training, and technical support.

The FMV received Swedish government authorisation on 2 August to sign the agreement. This followed Stockholm's authorisation in November 2017 for the FMV to send a letter of offer and acceptance to the US government and to begin negotiations on the Patriot procurement.

In February 2018 the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US Department of State approved the possible Foreign Military Sale to Sweden of a Patriot Configuration-3+ air defence package for an estimated cost of USD3.2 billion.

According to the DSCA, Sweden requested four Patriot Configuration-3+ modernised fire units comprising four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations, nine antenna mast groups, 12 M903 launching stations, 100 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, 200 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, and four Electrical Power Plant IIIs.

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