Project Simoom

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Project Simoom is the name of a controversial joint secret project involving Swedish government agency Swedish Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut or FOI) and Saudi Arabia to create an advanced weapons factory in Saudi Arabia.[1][2] Documents and details about the project was revealed to the public on 7 March 2012 by Swedish public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio.[3] The project has been heavily criticized for constituting a possible breach of Swedish arms trade laws, and for its secretive nature. The actions of the Swedish Defence Research Agency and the Swedish government in connection with Project Simoom have also received criticism, resulting in the resignation of Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors on 29 March 2012.[4]


  1. ^ "Sweden helping build Saudi arms factory". United Press International. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sweden in secret Saudi arms factory project - report". BBC News. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hemlig vapenfabrik planeras i Saudiarabien". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Swedes help Saudi Arabia for secret arms factory". Hürriyet Daily News. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 

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