Skanska Inks Deal to Expand Air Force Facility in Southern Sweden
- Jun 10, 2015
Kallinge, Sweden—The Swedish Fortifications Agency is adding a combined helicopter hangar and administration building at the F17 Swedish Air Force wing in Kallinge, in southern Sweden. The agency has already employed Skanska for the development process, and a contract worth more than $37 million has been inked between the two parts.
Local development company Skasnka has been tasked with the development of a military facility that can hold 17 helicopters. Construction is slated to begin starting with next month, while completion is scheduled for the summer of 2017. The facility will be used by the wing of the Swedish Air Force, one of the last three remaining wings in the country, and one of only two wings that continue to have operational squadrons.
The facility that will be developed by Skanska for the Swedish Fortifications Agency will also include administration space. The entire construction is set to offer a gross area of around 226,000 square feet.
While not a member of NATO, Sweden is part of the Partnership for Peace program, which was an initiative meant to create trust between European Countries, NATO members and the Soviet Union. According to data from The World Bank, Sweden has spent the same percentage of its GDP on its military in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The country ranks in the top half of nations in terms of what proportion of its GDP it directs towards the sector.