Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Försvarets materielverk
English Title:
Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Swedish Defence Materiel Administration is a government agency tasked with supplying weapons and equipment to the Swedish Armed Forces. It is a department of the Ministry of Defence, and not a unit of the Swedish Air Force. As such it is comparable to the French Direction générale de l’armement or the British (pre-privatisation) Qinetiq.

The history of this organisation goes back to 1926, when an Aviation Board (Flygstyrelsen) was established to oversee equipment purchases for the just formed Swedish Air Force. In 1936 the Aviation Board was renamed the Royal Aviation Administration (Kungliga Flygforvaltningen), and expanded to comparable status with the already existing Army and Navy Administration organisations. In 1968 the Army, Navy and Aviation Administrations were merged into a single Defence Materiel Administration.

Key Dates:
1926    Aviation Board established
1 July 1936    Aviation Board renamed Royal Aviation Administration
1 July 1968    Swedish Defence Materiel Administration formed

Current Status

The FMV is responsible for the program management, development and purchase of all weapon systems for the Swedish Armed Forces.

Future Plans

Manage the development and introduction into RSwedAF service of the JAS 39E Gripen.


National Insignia

FMV aircraft carry the standard Swedish national markings – i.e. the three crowns roundel. Some aircraft carry SWEDISH AIR FORCE titles, even though they are not in fact service aircraft.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

FMV aircraft follow the Swedish military serial numbering system, which consists of a five or six-figure number. The the first two or three numbers being the aircraft type designation number, and the remaining three numbers an individual identity number, which normally starts at 001 for each type, e.g. JAS 39C 39230.


Aircraft Designations

FMV aircraft use the Swedish military aircraft designation system.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports of aircraft on order or in service known.


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

The FMV is divided into a number of directorates, including the Systems and Production Management Directorate; the Procurement and Logistics Directorate and the Test and Evaluation Directorate. The latter conducts ground and flight testing of aircraft and weapons from a number of airfields around the country.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Arboga, Karlsborg, Linkoping-Malmen and Vidsel.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the FMV.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Swedish Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


To be added


FMV Official Website

wikipedia: Defence Material Administration

wikipedia: Swedish Air Force Material Administration

Facts about Test and Evaluation

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