Proposed weapons rules threat to jobs

Thousands of jobs are under threat, Sweden’s security is on the line and the state will lose out on millions. Unions and businesses are critical of the proposal for new rules on Swedish weapons exports.

A parliamentary committee set up to review exports controls on military equipment (Kexkommittén) submitted a report last year suggesting Sweden ought to have a more restrictive policy of weapons export to non-democratic regimes.

BAE Systems Hägglunds warns exports will decline, companies will become less competitive and profitability will fall. It also warns that shrinking investment in research and development will hit universities and colleges. Saab shares this view, warning of fewer jobs.