The Government of Sweden has authorised the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to start talks with the US to acquire the Patriot air defence system.
The acquisition is in line with the Defense Policy Bill and adheres to the implementation of the statement of intent (SOI) signed by Sweden and the US in June 2016.
FMV would soon issue a Letter of Request to the US regarding the purchase, while a formal tender through a Letter of Offer and Acceptance is expected to be issued next year.
Based on the decision by the Swedish Parliament, the final conclusion will be made by the government next year.
Delivery of the system is expected to begin in 2020, with plans to make it operational by 2025.
The Swedish Armed Forces has recommended Patriot as a new air defence system due to its good delivery reliability and anti-ballistic missile capability.
Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system that can counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.
The range of the missile is 70km and its maximum altitude is greater than 24km. The minimum flight time is the time to arm the missile, which is less than nine seconds, and the maximum flight time is less than 3.5min.
The missile defence system comprises radars, command-and-control technology and multiple types of interceptors.