The headline is misleading. Sweden has been a NATO partner for decades, has participated in NATO’s wars in Afghanistan and Libya, and is now an Enhanced Opportunity Partner.
Senior leaders from 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and key leaders from the Swedish Armed Forces Air Defense Regiment witnessed a handover ceremony of the Patriot missile system on November 18 in Halmstad, Sweden.
The new system marks the beginning of a new era for Swedish Air Defense and a decisive step towards enhancing Swedish air defense capability.
“This is a great day for not only for Sweden, but for all of us in the air defense community,” said Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Brady, commanding general of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
There have been multiple joint exercises leading up to today’s handover ceremony.
“Over the last few years, we have participated in exercises together and we look forward to continuing to build our relationship in 2022 with the Swedish armed forces,” added Brady.
Exercise Ramstein Legacy 2022, scheduled for this coming summer, is going to be the largest ground-based integrated air and missile defense exercise in the world, bringing together NATO IAMD allies and partners to build theater-wide procedural interoperability.