Swedish APC collides with train

Swedish media are reporting that a Pansarterrängbil 360 APC (also known as the Patria) was hit by a passenger train.  This accident happened during the Aurora 17 military exercise near Trosa, south of Stockholm.  Media reports indicate that three people in the military vehicle were injured, while one train passenger suffered minor injuries.  Photos below.

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250 Swedish BMP-1 vehicles shipped to Iraq illegally

filename_813According to Defense World.net, two hundred fifty Swedish armored vehicles, BMP-1 are “secretly” being shipped to Iraq by a Czech company illegally.  In 2010, the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, sold 350 light tanks to a state-run Czech company.  But the state-run company turned out to be a middleman for the private Czech company Excalibur, which will now sell 250 BMD-tanks to Iraq.  The problem is that due to the Swedish export rules, FMV wouldn’t have sold the weapons to the Czech Republic if they had known the end customer was Iraq.  Full article here.