Nordic Air Forces to Address Urgent Airpower Capability at Copenhagen Summit

 Nordic Air Forces to Address Urgent Airpower Capability at Copenhagen Summit

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, March 20, 2013

LONDON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

As Sweden debates whether it should follow Norway in raising its defence
budget and Denmark reopens bidding to procure 30 new fighter aircraft,
representatives from across the Nordic military community will assemble in
Copenhagen this May to address immediate and long-term requirements.

Fighter Nordic 2013 ( ), taking place from 29-30
May 2013, will see participation of fighter branch chiefs from the Arctic
nations to address a number of concerns surrounding the procurement of fighter
platforms and their role within the air force in the region.

Identifying the shared need for a capable multirole fleet, Denmark has since
reopened the competition to supply its air force with thirty new fighters,
notifying Boeing, Eurofighter and Saab to pitch proposals. Lockheed Martin's
Joint Strike Fighter programme office will also be reaffirming their interest
in this project.

Additionally, in recent weeks, both the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed
Forces and an academic report announced that the current defence budget is
leaving Sweden unable to effectively defend itself, forcing the government to
reconsider its expenditure. One of the major shortfalls was found to be the
number of fighters the country has to secure its airspace. Read more on this
development here:

The conference will also see representatives from Canada, the US, the UK and
France, with discussion revolving around future multinational defence
capabilities and investment.

Commercial solutions will be represented at the meeting, with industry
attendees representing a growing international fighter market worth an
estimated £22.7 billion this year.

For more information on Fighter Nordic and to view the full agenda, please
visit .

Notes to editor:

Fighter Nordic 2013 is sponsored by Saab. More information on our sponsors can
be found at .

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