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article imageSwedish military mounted secret raid on German-owned sub shipyard

By Martin Laine     Apr 16, 2014 in Politics
Even as a tentative agreement has been reached to sell a German-owned shipyard to a Swedish company, reports are surfacing of a secretive raid by Swedish military forces to remove some of the technological equipment.
A military spokesman called it a routine transfer of material, but outside observers are calling the action “very strange, very unusual,” according to an article in the Sweden edition of The Local.
“Because of the fact that it was a transfer of defense material belonging to the FMV (Sweden’s defense administration),” said an unnamed spokesperson. “All information regarding the transfer is classified as secret.”
The incident took place at the ThyssenKrupp facility at a shipyard in Malmo, formerly called the Kockums shipyard. The German industrial giant had purchased the previously Swedish-owned shipyard in 2005, and is currently negotiating a sale to the Swedish defense contractor Saab AB. The shipyard has been building ships for the Swedish navy for more than a century, and most recently, submarines.
With rising international tensions in the region, the Swedish government has been anxious to return the facility to Swedish hands.
A description of the raid last Tuesday was given on Swedish television, according to The Local.
“In front of several witnesses and with the protection of the military, FMV security came to Malmo, and let themselves into the lab to take sensitive technological equipment,” the report said.
Gunnar Hult, a professor at Sweden’s National Defense College, explained that there were plans and designs belonging to the Swedish military at that location, and with the future ownership of the shipyard somewhat uncertain, they must have decided to take possession of them.
The FMV did confirm that the A26 model submarine belonged entirely to the Swedish state.
“I suppose if they say it refers to state interests,” Hult told The Local, “Then they’ll be able to get away with it. And with a neighbor to the east we’ve never fully trusted, we’ve developed our own submarines rather than buying them.”
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