Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

Operator Profile


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

Current Unit Assignments
Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

Regiment/Wing Squadron Type Base
Test & Evaluation Directorate
Missile Test Center no assigned aircraft Arboga
Flight Test Center Linkoping JAS 39C/D Gripen Linkoping-Malmen
Karlsborg Test Center no assigned aircraft Karlsborg
Vidsel Test Range various UAVs Vidsel

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
SAAB J 32B Lansen 2 ? ? Sweden
SAAB J 35J Draken 4 ? ? Sweden
SAAB Sk 35C Draken 2 ? ? Sweden
SAAB AJ 37 Viggen 1 ? ? Sweden
SAAB JA 37 Viggen 4 ? ? Sweden
SAAB Sk 37 Viggen 1 ? ? Sweden
SAAB SH 37 Viggen 1 ? ? Sweden
SAAB JAS 39A Gripen 10 ? ? Sweden
SAAB JAS 39B Gripen 7 ? ? Sweden
SAAB JAS 39C Gripen 2 ? current Sweden
SAAB JAS 39D Gripen 2 ? current Sweden
SAAB JAS 39E Gripen 2 ? ? Sweden
SAAB Sk 60 1 ? ? Sweden
SAAB Sk 61 1 ? ? Sweden
SAAB 340B/AEW 1 ? ? Sweden
Rockwell Tp 86 Sabreliner 2 19?? 19?? USA
Swearingen Tp 88 1 19?? 19?? USA
Agusta-Bell 205B (Hkp 3) 2 19?? 19?? Italy
Bell 206B JetRanger 1 19?? 19?? USA
MBB Bo 105 (Hkp 9) 1 19?? 19?? Germany

Additional information is welcome

Current Aircraft Inventory
Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
SAAB JAS 39C Gripen 3 3 0 Test & Evaluation
SAAB JAS 39D Gripen 2 2 0 Test & Evaluation
SAAB JAS 39E Gripen 0 0 2 Test & Evaluation