Acording to local Swedish newspapers, the government is capping the defence budget at $4.9Bn until 2014. Meaning that deployable troops numbers are dropping to 12,500 from 20,000, resulting in 7 tactical battalions plus one Marine battalion. And from the DID this means that flying hours are getting cut along with their Leo 2s. They currently have 160 Leopard 2A5s with a further 120 Leopard 2A4s taken out or service, and they want to half this number to focus on light air transportable ones. So is this a sign of where the rest of Europe and also NATO are heading? Perhaps we could lease some of their equipment at "mates rates"? Some of their chinooks and contracted slots on production lines for mine resistant vehicles and apache spares would be nice (Better we get them ahead of schedule than them struggling to pay the contracts and not use the kit).