After joining NATO Sweden can deploy ‘more than 1,000’ fighter jets as the “Swedish Air Force is one of the strongest on earth.”
Sweden could send thousands of fighter jets to Ukraine as they are “armed and ready to fight” Russia should they threaten their national security.
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However Sweden has not joined in any war for more than a century and non-aligned but they are a major manufacturer in weapons and other military equipment.
Stefan Geisenheyner from Stockholm has enforced an integrated defence philosophy known as “total defence,” and said Sweden’s “defence is designed to meet effectively any possible form of attack.”
Writing in the Airforce magazine, he said, “This system makes effective use of every resource, without disturbing the economic growth and prosperity of the nation.
“Total defence is designed to meet effectively any possible form of attack, atomic or conventional, invasion by sea or by land, and offensive moves by aircraft or guided missiles.”
Sweden has major defence manufacturers such as BAE systems and Saab and they do have “some of the finest, most advanced aircraft and missiles in the world.”
The Swedish Air Force use around 90% of their domestic products, Geisenheyner added, that while the official number of fighter jets that the Air Force have is a secret, “An educated guess would place it at approximately 1,000 to 1,200, thus making the Swedish Air Force one of the strongest on earth.”
On Wednesday Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO and the Alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made a short statement.
Stoltenberg said, “I warmly welcome requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO.
“You are our closest partners, and your membership in NATO will increase our shared security.”
He added, “The security interests of all allies have to be taken into account.
“We are determined to work through all issues and reach rapid conclusions.”