Malena Britz, researcher at the Swedish National Defence College, tells Swedish Radio that it is "remarkable" that the head at one authority can influence how another authority deals with its cases, but that it shows "how close the link is between people in these authorities".
According to sources that Swedish Radio has spoken to, FMVs decision to go for Finnish Patria in stead of BAE Hägglunds is in line with the Armed Forces new strategy for defence materiel provision. This strategy states that they should first and foremost buy existing products on the market. The armoured vehicles from BAE Hägglunds are newly developed, partly
financed by public money.
BAE Hägglunds has filed a lawsuit against FMV for violating the rules for public bidding.