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Sweden could answer Hudson's call on planes



(B2) Sweden has received Rear Admiral Hudson's appeal, who commands Operation Atalanta, requesting more maritime patrol aircraft. The country which currently presides over the European Union will command the force there, from April to August 2010. And the Minister of Defense, Sten Tolgfors could only respond favorably to this request. The country will therefore study whether it can send coast guard planes.

Coast Guard planes.
These are equipped with 3 recent DASH-8 Q-300 aircraft (purchased in 2008) and equipped with modern electronic surveillance instruments. But they do not depend on the Ministry of Defense. However, it would be a good example of the model of civil-military convergence that Sweden defends, particularly in terms of maritime surveillance (read here).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).