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Swedish fighters will be part of the NATO Response Force


Last week, the Swedish government decided to attach a squadron of Gripen fighters and a mine-sweeping ship to the NATO Response Force (NRF) to 2014 in the year, according to The Avionist 2 December. Eight more Gripenes will be joined in 2014.

The NATO Response Forces consist of 25 thousand troops and, if necessary, can act independently as a separate military unit. In addition, Swedish fighters along with the Norwegian and Finnish will participate in the joint exercises of the Iceland Fighter Meet 2014 (IFM14, 3-21 February 2014 of the year).

Expanding cooperation between Sweden and NATO is in one way or another connected with Russia's “aggressive stance” in the Baltic Sea region, which is a matter of concern for the Scandinavian countries. It is noted that the fighter "Gripen" have already participated in the military campaign against Libya in 2011 year.

However, in the foreseeable future, Sweden will not become a member of NATO, only 32% of the country's population want to see the country as part of a military alliance, 40% oppose (data from a public opinion poll from May 2013 of the year).
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  1. Altona
    Altona 5 December 2013 09: 33
    Something often they began to remember about Poltava ... Why would suddenly? No one has ever attempted or attempted on Sweden ... Even during the war, when the Swedes drove raw materials to the Germans and the Germans didn’t do anything, except that we had to sneak a few transports of ore with ore ... But it’s their own fault, they are neutral ...
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 5 December 2013 09: 40
      citation-Last week, the Swedish government decided to join the Gripen fighter squadron and mine-sweeping ship with the NATO Response Force (NRF) by 2014, according to The Avionist 2 on December.

  2. lukke
    lukke 5 December 2013 09: 52
    connected with the “aggressive position” of Russia in the Baltic Sea region, which causes concern of the Scandinavian countries
    but can be more detailed, what is our aggression expressed in? Or is this mantra for pulling Swedes into NATO?
    1. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 5 December 2013 13: 31
      Strategic missile carriers near the borders of the Scandinavians began to fly more often, as often as near the borders of Japan.
  3. stalker
    stalker 5 December 2013 10: 03
    The expansion of cooperation between Sweden and NATO is in one way or another connected with the "aggressive position" of Russia, and where they saw aggression, they are looking in the wrong direction.
  4. Migari
    Migari 5 December 2013 11: 59
    SAAB JAS 39 "Gripen", which first flew in 1988, is now the basis of the Swedish Air Force fighter aircraft, replacing the old Wiggen aircraft. Designed in accordance with the requirements of the Swedish Air Force as a fourth generation fighter, the Gripen has evolved over time into an effective multipurpose combat aircraft of the 4 ++ generation, capable of performing air defense missions, destroying ground and surface targets and conducting reconnaissance.
  5. tomket
    tomket 5 December 2013 12: 40
    there are two approaches, either the Swedes advertise their "Grippen" in this way, including for European countries, or in Europe there is already a corny lack of fighters, due to large-scale reductions, so they shift responsibilities + costs to other countries.
  6. phantom359
    phantom359 5 December 2013 22: 57
    Like this. Neutral and peaceful, damn it. For a long time did not break them off.
  7. Kolovrat77
    Kolovrat77 7 December 2013 04: 34
    I wish good luck to the Swedes and say with difficulty choosing words - OTSOSI U KRASNOSINIH !!!!