KTH breaks off talks with Chinese institute over Edge

The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, announced in a press release Friday that it is breaking off negotiations with the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment over a Swedish computer program.

In Swedish Television's investigative program, Uppdrag Granskning, this week, the school was criticized for a potential cooperation around the computer program with the Chinese institute. The program, called Edge, is a so-called digital wind tunnel, that simulates the effects of air resistance on aeroplanes, but experts told Swedish Television News that it can also be used to develop more aerodynamic bombs and missiles.

The president of KTH, Peter Gudmundson, wrote in the press release this evening that even though the application is not classed as war material, the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls confirmed today that a request for review might not be able to rule out its use as such.

The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), who owns the program, has been accused of using the school as a front for selling Edge.

On the defence research agency's website, there is a list of about 20 license-holders of the program in and outside of Sweden.

Jan-Erik Lövgren, deputy director general of the non-proliferation agency, said to TT, "We have previously said that this program is not controlled. This year, new information has come out indicating that it could be used for other purposes in countries where there is, for example, a weapons embargo."

Lövgren said that they will have a dialog with the defense research agency, regarding the license-holders abroad.