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From knights' armour to high-tech materiel.

FMV - history described in a picture


FMV was established in 1968, but the foundations were laid in the 1600's. The Royal Military Board of Trade was established in 1630 as a direct result of the loss of the warship Vasa two years earlier. The need for leadership and management had become too big to be handled by the king alone.

The basic task has always been the same: To provide material to the Swedish Armed Forces. And to do so in a cost-effective and secure manner.

During the Second World War, there was a growing need for one single defence management organisation. The materiel administrations of the different Swedish Armed Services were merged in 1968, and formed the current FMV.

For over 40 years we have supplied materiel systems based on the capabilities that the Armed Forces require. Today it’s not only a matter of procurement. We also provide maintenance and service throughout the systems' life cycles and, when the time comes, we make sure that the material is dismantled correctly and in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

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Published: 2011-12-21 08:18. Changed: 2016-09-22 13:57. Responsible: Show e-mail address.