Sweden’s export of military hardware continues to hold as the pastWednesday, 22 February 2012
In 2011, Swedish companies exported military equipment for some Skr13.9 billion. It is basically the same as last year, according to the Swedish organisation, the National Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP).
"As in previous years there are also a few large deals that dominated. In 2011, it is about the export of the Jas 39 Gripen to Thailand and the airborne surveillance system Erieye to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, " that accounted to the great gains, said the ISP's Director General to Swedish daily, Dagens Nyheter .
63 percent of Swedish exports of military equipment in 2011 wents to more than 20 countries, including Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan and the UAE accounted for 60 percent. With the exception of exports to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Swedish export of armaments to the Middle East and North Africa was limited. 37 percent went to other EU countries, and established partner like the U.S., Canada and South Africa.
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society have criticized the fact that Swedish arms exports to dictatorships increased. This follows new statistics showing that a fifth of the Swedish arms exports went to Saudi Arabia, writes the organisation in a statement.
"Export statistics show that the Swedish exports rules are constantly undermined. When Saudi Arabia, the world's most brutal dictatorships, bought weapons forSkr2.9 billion in Sweden, it is difficult to see what purpose the rules are for, "said President Anna Ek in a statement.
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society believe that the export of Swedish weapons is "rampant" in the political vacuum that currently exists in many parts of the world.
By Scancomark.se Team
Back to top