Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enström has demanded an explanation from the general director of the state-run FOI defence research institute, over an alleged weapon's co-operation with China, according to Radio Sweden. "Sweden should not get around the weapon's embargo on China and therefore I have called on the general director to clarify that there is no substance in this," Enström told Swedish Radio News. According to reports, the agency had begun negotiations to sell software to China, which experts say could be used in the country's nuclear weapons programme. Uncovered documents reveal that secret negotiations have been taking place for several years, despite the weapons embargo that was imposed on China after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the report added. According to the programme, the state-run agency has been using the Royal Technical College KTH in Stockholm as a go-between to sell the software. A similar format, with FOI using someone else as a go-between in a sensitive deal, was uncovered in 2012 and then related to a planned weapons factory in another dictatorship, Saudi Arabia. That story eventually led to the resignation of the Defence Minister. Swedish Radio News now reports that the authority that tries cases of weapons export, called ISP, criticise FOI for withholding information in the case revealed on Wednesday. FOI never said that the country importing the software was China, and also failed to mention that it could be used for constructing nuclear missiles. Earlier on Wednesday, the general secretary of FOI told media that he welcomes anyone looking into the deal, which he claims is a civilian programme.
China has successfully tested reconnaissance and strike drone Rainbow No.4 and completed simulation target practice, China News reported Tuesday
China may supply components required for Russias defence industry following US and EU sanctions against Russia. Although Russia does not buy many weapons from foreign sources it does procure a lot of electronic and mechanical components to be used in its weapons systems
Chinas Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) will need at least 400 Y-20 cargo planes by Xian Aircraft Corp to catch up with capabilities of the U.S, Russia and India, Peoples Daily cited a report published by the National Defense University of China
India and China are on the urgency of developing naval arsenals preparing for the battle for energy resources in South China Sea and Indian Ocean, The Hindu reported. The report said, India is validating its nuclear deterrent based on technological advancements of Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO)
The Swedish Defense and Security Export Agency (FXM) announced Monday that it along with the Swedish Security and Defense Industry Association (SOFF) are presenting a joint anti-corruption training to strengthen companies in the defense and security industry. The web-based course is planned to help companies to combat corruption and to inspire them to further work and knowledge on this area
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the extended lease of Gripen from Sweden to the Czech Republic. This agreement provides for the continuing support and upgrade of the Czech aircraft for a further 12 years
Saab has been awarded a contract by the French Ministry of Defence procurement branch, the DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement), to supply the Roquette Nouvelle Generation, (Roquette NG) next-generation shoulder-launched weapon system for the French armed forces. The first fixed contract is for SEK 295 million
The Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (ISP) has rejected the export license to CybAeros unmanned helicopter system export to China. CybAero signed a framework agreement with Chinese company AVIC for delivery of at least 70 helicopter systems in total, with at least 20 in the first three years and at least 50 the following five years
Swedens new government has earmarked the closure of its Defense and Security Export Agency Försvarsexportmyndigheten (FXM), the coalition said in a statement on September 30. Officials said they "agree that arms export controls over non-democracies will be tightened, including follow-on deliveries and consulting services
China today refuted western media reports which claimed that two Chinese air force test pilots were killed during J-15 fighter aircrafts carrier testing and qualification. The source was a citation of the China Flight Test Establishment(CFTE) which had a mention of two pilots having sacrificed their lives
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