Sweden to Receive First ASW-Configured NH90 in the Fall

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst,  Forecast International.

NH Industries NH90

NH Industries NH90

On the eve of the opening of the 2015 Paris Air Show, Sweden’s defense procurement head Lena Erixon announced that the country would receive its first anti-submarine warfare (ASW) NH90 helicopter in the fall. Erixon made the announcement at the Swedish Air Force fan club event in Paris on June 14, while Swedish air chief Maj. Gen. Micael Byden noted that what had originally been pitched as a turnkey program in 2007 remains under development and has raised concerns within the service. Continue reading

After Meeting Budget-Balancing Objective, Germany Plans to Increase Defense Spending

By Dan Darling, Forecast International.

German FlagChanges to its fiscal balance sheet and the broader security horizon for Europe have prompted Germany to rethink its approach to defense investment going forward, with the net effect being about a 5.7 percent increase to the country’s defense budget over the coming five-year period.

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