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Sweden’s basic trainer aircraft tender falls through

Swedish Air Force SK 60 trainer aircraft
Photo: FMV

The Swedish defense procurement agency (FMV) has cancelled a tender for the procurement of new training aircraft for its armed forces.

The announcement comes some five months after the tender was announced in May this year. The defense procurement agency said it cancelled the procedure because it did not receive a bid that met all the requirements.

The FMV did not reveal information on which companies took part in the tender.

It did note that it would continue the search for the successor to the Saab-built SK 60 twinjet trainer that entered service in the 1960s.

Prior to the cancellation, the FMV said that the deadline for buying new aircraft and starting pilot training at the Malmen airbase in Linköping by the summer of 2023 was tight. It will not clear how much a new procedure would affect the plans.

FMV added it is working with the armed forces to analyze the situation and prepare for the new procedure.

The basic trainer aircraft system is envisioned as consisting of aircraft, simulators and other supporting equipment.