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Sweden chooses Patriots

On the 10th of August, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV signed a contract with USA administration concerning the delivery of MIM-104E Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system in PAC-3 MSE configuration.

General Michal Byden, commander of all Swedish armed forces (second from the right) visiting the US Army anti-aircraft unit during the Aurora 2017 maneuvers. Formally, Sweden became the 16th user of the Patriot system. Belgium is the next interested country. / Photo: Astrid AmténSkage, Swedish DefenceForces

FMV general director, GöranMårtensson, signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance concerning procurement of anti-aircraft and anti-missile Patriot systems. The USA was represented by Chargé d'Affaires of the Stockholm`s embassy. There was no official indication of the contract`s value but it`s estimated as high as SEK 10 billion (EUR 935 million).

FMV can now accomplish procurement of 4 batteries, missiles, spare parts, maintenance systems, training equipment and support equipment for the Swedish forces. The government agreed to the signing on the 2nd of August.

Negotiations with the USA started on the 7th of November 2017 and were based on 2015 decision by Swedish Parliment. Beforehand, FMV and Swedish armed forces analyzed the currently available anti-aircraft and anti-missile medium-range systems. MIM-104 Patriots were the most suitable for the requirement so the French offer of Eurosam SAMP/T system was rejected. Swedes planned to pay around SEK 10 billion for 4 batteries. Deliveries are to commence in 2020. Operational readiness is to be achieved by 2025.

On the 20th of February 2018, American DSCA informed that the Department of State agreed to export of MIM-104E to Sweden. Export will include 4 batteries consisting of 4 AN/MPQ-65 stations, 4 AN/MSQ-132 Engagement Control Stations, 12 M903 launchers for 100 of GEM-T missiles, 200 of PAC-3 MSE missiles, 9 sets of Antenna Mast Group systems and 4 Electrical Power Plant III Generators.

Additionally, the USA agreed to deliver the communication equipment, tools, test stations, test software, additional support systems, as well as training equipment and documentation. American will conduct training and provide logistical support via the TAFT teams. No offset was discussed but the USA government and the contact executors are able to provide support during the introductory phase of the new weapon.

Current Swedish anti-aircraft system consists of obsolete Rb 97 (Robotsystem 97) with the range of over 35 km integrated with the UndE 23 radar, PE-541 fire control radar and LuLIS identification system (a modernized export version of American MIM-23 Hawk). This system replaced in 2000 the older Rb 77 variant.

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