Australia opens up for Swedish involvement

Sweden orders subsAustralian Labor leader Bill Shorten has called for Sweden to be involved in the tender process together with Germany, France and Japan to build the new fleet of submarines for the country. Prime Minister Tony Abbott initially excluded Sweden in the process to make proposals, citing its “lack of recent experience”.
Sweden’s submarine maker Saab Kockums, which last summer acquired its submarine business from German Thyssen Krupp last summer, has declined to comment the news.

New submarines ordered

Sweden orders subs

Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has told public service broadcaster SVT that the government will be placing an SKr 8.2 billion order for two new submarines from Saab Kockums. The minister announced the news while visiting the Karlskrona shipyard on Tuesday, although a formal decision will not be made until Thursday. The submarines will be delivered in 2022.