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Japan, Sweden sign defense equipment transfer pact

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Good news - and a win-win alliance. Japan gets another ally in Europe. Hopefully Sweden and Finland being fast-tracked to NATO takes place - and that it infuriates fascist Russia.

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A pact to fight what? The air?

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Pukey,he do not know this government is an outcast,they would be considered just like the oath keepers in the US

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Yes, why not…but it’s surely more an economic deal not one leading to significant better defense capabilities. Both surely have nice little things in store, but that’s surely by far outnumbered in case of a real conflict situation when considering the capabilities of nearby potential threateners.

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What defense equipment is Japan looking to import from Sweden?

Since there is nothing Sweden would want from Japan.

Japan is already importing APC(Armored Personal Carrier) from Finland.

https://defence-blog.com/japan-selected-finnish-made-armored-vehicle-to-replace-its-type-96/

Japan selected Finnish-made armored vehicle to replace its Type-96

Finnish state-controlled Patria Group will AMV XP 8×8 armored vehicles to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, according to the Japan Ministry of Defense’s report.

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I looked up and it looks like Japan wants to import Swedish VLS system to be added to future JMSDF submarines.

Currently, there are two western non-US submarine VLS systems that are available right now or is close to be ready in a few years, the Korean VLS and the Swedish VLS.

The Korean VLS is obviously out of question for Japan, leaving the Swedish system as the only viable option.

Japan previously imported Swedish Sterling AIP engine to be included in Soryu class submarines, so there is a precedence of Japan importing Swedish technology.

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Swedish technology is superb. Just look at their Volvos.

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What defense equipment is Japan looking to import from Sweden?

Since there is nothing Sweden would want from Japan.

The Swedes have some advanced systems and know how to build very stealthy ships. After the Cold War was behind us the Swedes de-classified aspects of their air defense system that left NATO leadership slack jawed. They had capabilities and data links that were advanced beyond what most NATO nations had, including capabilities more advanced in some cases than the best US equipment. They took US weapons and re-worked them to do things the US never thought of, like guiding an air launched missile to an enemy aircraft using ground based radar to illuminate the target so the fighters never had to turn their radars on, and instead of communicating by encrypted radio like NATO did, they had encrypted data links guiding the fighters to their targets and communicating instructions to the missiles.

That is only some of the stuff they declassified. The Swedes are smart and inventive. They have great field guns (Bandkanon 1 and Archer) and naval guns. They also have a very good anti-ship cruise missile, a very well regarded (and uncommonly cheap) anti-tank missile that is combat proven in Ukraine and build their own fighter aircraft.

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Japan is already importing APC(Armored Personal Carrier) from Finland.

My understanding from the defense press is they will be manufactured in Japan under license.

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This is an excellent partnership as Sweden has been dealing with multiple layers of Russian military and has a strong defensive posture. This offers Japan a more rapid and strengthened build up of the needed deployments to make those threatening a peaceful way of life to pause...

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The two countries are famous for their technological innovations. This latest union could be good for both countries.

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Yes - the Swedes are very inventive and pragmatic - as opposed to being one or the other - they're very well educated - and have a mind-set born out of the cold war - that close to Russia - even their roads are not built with long sweeping curves - but curves between straight sections so that they can be used as run-ways - as mentioned - they have a long history of designing and building world class fighter planes. Ericsson - the telecom company has a very secretive radar section - they are a very tough and resourceful people (as are the Finns)

Japan has a world class battle tank and other weapons - it's a natural partnership -

If Putin had behaved himself (the scorpion asking the frog to help him cross the river story - but no...he's a scorpion) the world wouldn't need to respond in this way -

The good news is - young people - you know where the funding is going to be going - get the appropriate educations

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A drowning man will usually grab for anything

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@Yrrai we know you hate America. You wrote "A drowning man will usually grab for anything" my answer to that is a pit bull with a vicious bark and rows of sharp teeth that sparks fear in people when they feel they are in danger will jump up and down on you and lick you to death and accept defeat when they know their bark meant nothing!!

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The Korean VLS is obviously out of question for Japan, leaving the Swedish system as the only viable option.

Japan's subs are big and could easily accept the Virginia Payload Module.

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Swedish technology is superb. Just look at their Volvos.

Volvo is owned by China.

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Volvo is owned by China.

Only the automotive division. Volvo Group is a separate Swedish company that owns Volvo Trucks (who sell trucks under brands such as Volvo, Mack Renault, Dongfeng and busses under brands like Volvo, Prevost and Nova Bus) along with Volvo Penta Marine engines. Geely has an 8% share of that firm. In addition there is Volvo Aero, formerly Volvo Flygmotor but now called GKN Aerospace, that is wholly Swedish owned and makes jet engines for Saab fighters and other aviation applications.

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