Sweden wants to increase its defense budget by 40% by 2025

Like many European countries, Sweden had sharply reduced its defense investments following the collapse of the Soviet bloc, dropping from 2,57% of its GDP in 1990 to just 1% in 2015. The armed forces are themselves , increased from 65.000 men to 16.000 in 2012. With the rise of Russian military power from 2010, and especially the annexation of Crimea which played the role of trigger in the public opinion and the Swedish political class, the country has begun rebuilding its Defense tool, in particular reducing the strength of its armies to 30.000 soldiers from 2014, and granting a small but constant increase in credits from 2016. Now, the country wants to engage in recapitalization marked with his armies, with a plan to increase defense spending by 40% by 2025, and the strength of 30.000 men to reach 60.000 soldiers.

This plan, which has yet to be endorsed by the Swedish Parliament, is accompanied by a desire to change the very chaotic military planning that the country has known since 1990. In fact, from that date, the army budget, like the numbers and resources allocated to the armed forces, have undergone immense variations from one year to another, with notably significant annual decreases in 1993, 1997, 2001,2009 and 2015, and equally marked increases in 1996 , 2003 and 2010, severely hampering the planning capacities of the HQs which could not adapt to such variations and the lack of medium-term planning.

The Swedish armed forces' armored fleet is particularly well off, with 120 main battle tanks and over 350 CV90 infantry fighting vehicles.

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