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Questions and answers about FMV

1. What does FMV stand for?

FMV stands for The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration. In the the 1600' The Royal Military Board of Trade was established as a direct result of an incident when the Swedish royal warship Vasa capsized and sank in Stockholm in 1628. The need for leadership and management had become too much for the Swedish King to manage personally, and so FMV was founded.

FMV became a public sector authority in the 1960's. Until 1968 FMV consisted of several agencies: one each for land, sea, and air, but FMV is run today as just one authority.


2. What does FMV do?

FMV is a civil authority. We help defend Sweden by procuring equipment and services for the Swedish Armed Forces. This means that we study, what soldiers and sailors need in order to perform their tasks. We then make sure that they get what they need. Furthermore we maintain and repair helicopters, planes, submarines, and other materiel assets used by the Swedish Armed Forces.


3. Is FMV a part of the Swedish Armed Forces?

FMV is an independent civil authority under the Ministry of Defence. Sweden's other defense authorities are the Swedish Defence Recruitment Agency, the Swedish Defence University, the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA), The Swedish Fortifications Agency and The Swedish Armed Forces.

FMV supplies equipment and services to the Swedish Armed Forces, however, FMV is not a part of them. FMV is an independent authority.


4. How many people are employed at FMV?

We are approximately 3,500 employees.


5. Which professions are represented within FMV?

Our main professions are engineers, technicians, and purchasers. But there are also many others professions such as lawyers, nurses, saddlers, and meteorologists.


6. How is FMV operated?

FMV's Board of Directors is responsible for FMV, and reports to the Swedish Government. The mission is to deliver defence logistics to our key partner, the Armed Forces. In collaboration, we design and provide the military with defence materiel and services. The objective is excellent defence logistics - when and where it is needed.

The 6 areas of operation are:

FMV's Director General, Göran Mårtensson, is responsible for FMV´s overall operations. He has 6 units to assist him: Accounting and Finance, HR, Information, IT, Legal Affairs, and Security.

The Director General's Office is responsible for overall management and budgeting. That office also coordinates the planning and monitoring in relation to other units. Legal Affairs has a special responsibility for both security and the legal aspects of FMV's operations. The other units are responsible for the overall management, monitoring, and support within their respective areas.

Click here to read more about FMV´s Board of Directors


7. What are FMV's largest ongoing projects?

Our largest current project is the aircraft system JAS 39 Gripen. We are working with both the current C/D version and the future E-version of the aircraft. Another major project is the mid-term modification (update) of two submarines in the Gotland class and the design and construction of two new submarines of the type A26.


8. Does FMV sell weapons?

Yes, because we are actually responsible for selling the Swedish Armed Forces' surplus supplies. This includes uniforms and other surplus materials, for instance the tug boat, Hera, which is for sale right now. The equipment we sell must create "defense benefits". This means that the sales, for example, could provide more storage space, or provide additional revenue that could be invested in other items. Weapons and ammunition are not sold on the open market.

The Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) is the authority which oversees the sales of military equipment both in Sweden and to other countries. 


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Published: 2016-11-07 10:00. Changed: 2016-11-07 10:44. Responsible: Show e-mail address.