Pål Jonson

Minister for Defence

Ministry of Defence

“The defence of Sweden is a core task of the State and fundamental to our democracy and freedom. Stronger defence, NATO membership and support to Ukraine enhance our security in uncertain times.”

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Major investments in military defence and NATO targets projected to be reached

In the Budget Bill for 2024, the Government proposes additional funding to military defence amounting to approximately SEK 700 million. Taking into account upward adjustments and previous decisions, appropriations for military defence will increase by more than SEK 27 billion between 2023 and 2024 – an increase of 28 per cent.

Photo: Niklas Forsström/Government Offices of Sweden

Thirteenth support package to Ukraine focusing on ammunition and spare parts

The Government has provided basis for a new support package to Ukraine. The assistance includes ammunition and spare parts for several of the equipment systems that Sweden has donated to Ukraine, including Combat Vehicle 90 and Battle Tank 122 (Leopard 2). Sweden is also sending transport vehicles, contingency goods and mine clearance equipment. At the same time, the Government also need to obtain authorisation to sell the RB 99 (AMRAAM) air-to-air missiles to the United States, which will then donate them to Ukraine. The total value of this thirteenth support package amounts to approximately SEK 3.4 billion.

Four men stands next to each other. In the background you can see the logotype of Nato and the logotype of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania.
From left: Director General of the Defence Materiel Administration Göran Mårtensson, Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba and Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov. Photo: Johan Hjelmstrand/Ministry of Defence

New agreements simplify and speed up deliveries of defence materiel to Ukraine

On 12 July at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson signed a protective security agreement with Ukraine. The agreement makes it possible for Sweden and Ukraine to exchange confidential information concerning, for example, test flights of JAS Gripen or military equipment.

 Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen and Minister for Defence Pål Jonson.
Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen and Minister for Defence Pål Jonson at the welcome ceremony. Photo: Armin Dröge/Government Office of Sweden

Deeper bilateral defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden

On Thursday 6 July, Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen visited Sweden to meet with Minister for Defence Pål Jonson. The visit was Mr Häkkänen’s first visit abroad as Minister of Defence.

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