Karlsson claims these older helicopters have only been used for a third of the time it was planned for. By upgrading them, they will cover the needs until the delayed helicopters arrive.
The European helicopter was supposed to be delivered between 2005 and 2009, but is now not expected to be fully functioning until 2020. The Armed Forces have been asked by the Government to suggest a solution in the meantime. Now Swedish Radio News quotes sources within the Armed Forces saying that the buying or leasing of the American helicopter is seen as a good alternative.
There is a lack of helicopters in the Swedish Armed Forces, which means that Swedish soldiers injured in for example Afghanistan are dependent on other countries for their evacuation.