18 mars 2015
Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: Radio Sweden; published Mar 14, 2015)
New Weapons On the Way to Saudi Arabia
Swedish defence company Saab Dynamics is close to finalising a new arms sales deal with Saudi Arabia, financial newspaper Dagens Industri reports.
Intense negotiations over the delivery of the anti-tank missile Bill 2 have been going on for nearly one year, according to Dagens Industri.
The ongoing diplomatic row between Sweden and Saudi Arabia will reportedly not affect the deal, although it has disrupted the process.
The government can do little to stop the deal because it is considered to be a delivery within the framework of an agreement made in 2007. The deal has been approved by the Swedish Trade and Invest Council and by the Inspectorate of Strategic Products, which cannot stop weapons deliveries without a UN embargo, writes Dagens Industri.
Saab Dynamics, based in Linköping, south-eastern Sweden, has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.
9 juillet 2014
The European Defence Agency (EDA) and Saab Dynamics AB have signed a multi-annual framework agreement for the provision of different types of ammunition for the ‘Carl-Gustaf’ recoilless anti-tank weapon.
The framework agreement will last five years and includes a possible renewal of two more years, with an estimated value of up to € 50 million. The agreement was finalised on 30 June 2014.
The framework agreement comes under a procurement arrangement between EDA and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Poland, agreed on 23 April 2013. Under this arrangement EDA acts as the central purchasing body, taking the leading role in the procurement procedure for Carl-Gustaf ammunition in the framework of EDA’s Effective Procurement Methods (EPM) initiative. EDA will also be in charge of managing the framework contract to fully exploit the effects of pooling demand.
This case presents useful opportunities for pooling of demand due to the communalities of the ammunition. Common procurement was seen as the best option by contributing Member States to benefit from economies of scale, cost reductions, and efficiency in spending. This solution allows contributing Member States to purchase ammunition according to their national needs while coping with different budget cycles. The agreement also allows other EDA Member States to join the initiative at a later stage.