The JAS Gripen is a multi-function warplane made by defence company Saab. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman /TT

Weapon exports up 22 percent

"Quite a strong increase in the last five years"
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Sweden exported over a fifth more weapons in 2013, with big sales to countries including Thailand and Saudi Arabia responsible for the boost.

Last year sales worth SEK 12 billion were made, an increase of 22 percent. Among the big deals were six JAS 39 Gripen warplanes sold to Thailand, naval control and weapons systems sold to the USA, and Norway bought tank Stridsfordon 90, as well as airborne radar systems bought by Saudi Arabia.

Exports to EU countries were down, reports Swedish Radio News. Historically Sweden has mainly sold to the EU, but Christer Ahlström, from the Inspectorate for Strategic Supplies, says this has been hit by the economic crisis.

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