STOCKHOLM Jan 17 The Swedish government has
given its armed forces the go-ahead to order 60 next-generation
fighter jets from defence firm Saab, the defence
ministry said on Thursday.
The Swedish parliament last year agreed that the armed
forces buy between 40 and 60 of the new JAS 39 E jets.
"It's a historic decision that will secure Swedish fighter
capacity for a long time ahead," Defence Minister Karin Enstrom
said in a statement.
Switzerland, with which Sweden is sharing some of the
development costs for the new jet, plans to place an order but
hasn't made a firm decision yet.
"There is in the government's decision a possibility to
cancel (the order) if Switzerland or another country doesn't
order," defence ministry spokesman Henrik Hedberg said.
The first planes are due to be delivered in 2018, he said.
(Reporting by Johan Ahlander and Anna Ringstrom; Editing by