Bilateral meeting with British Minister for Defence Procurement
On 5 August, Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with British Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin in Stockholm. Current security policy issues and deepened Swedish-British defence research, capability and industrial collaboration were on the agenda.
Sweden has extensive defence and defence equipment cooperation with other states. In 2019 Sweden signed an agreement with the UK on joint development of combat aircraft called the Future Combat Air System (FCAS).
Sweden is also a member of the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). Focused on northern Europe, the JEF is intended as a quick-response force that can act independently or as part of a UN, NATO or EU operation in the event of a crisis.
“By working together with others, both bilaterally and multilaterally, we are building security and stability in our part of Europe. Sweden’s defence cooperation with the UK has intensified over the past seven years, since the signing of the joint Statement of Intent, and the FCAS is one example of our close cooperation,” says Mr Hultqvist.