Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Swedish Bomb by Mad Missouri
Office of Swedish Minister of Defense
September 6th, 1946
Minister Allan Vougt
General Helge Jung
MV: Good Morning General, thank you for coming so early. I wanted to speak with you about a few issues before tomorrow meeting of the Defense Union.
GJ: Of course, Sir. How may I be of service?
MV: First of all I wanted to let you know the developments in NATO have caused the Prime Minister to change his mind on your request. You will have your funding. Is everything still as the briefed me last month
GJ: Yes, Sir. The scientists at the Defense Research Establishment believe that given correct amounts of materials we can have a least one working atomic reactor in 2 to 3 years. We have our own domestic supply of uranium, but I am told we need a supply of heavy water also. As we speak we have a underwater salvage team attempting to recover a supply of heavy water from the bottom of Lake Tinnsjo. We working with the Norwegians to rebuild and repair of the Vemork power plant to make more. After we get a working reactor we will begin producing plutonium our own weapons. If all goes well they believe they can have a working weapon in 5 to 6 years after that reactor goes on line. If that first design is a success; the plan calls for a total of something between 75 to 100 atomic bombs built over ten years.
MV: That is a lot of money to spend on a single weapon that will not be ready for 6 to 8, if ever. General, we may not have that much time. NATO is falling apart, the Americans have shown they cannot be trusted, and the British are finished. The Russians have crippled the US atomic program. We may soon find ourselves a lone against the Russians.
GJ: I understand the international situation is dire. But I have spoken at length with our scientists they say that is the soonest we can hope for.
MV: What of our other armaments programs?
GJ: In those areas we have had more success. We have now begun manufacturing copies of the German Wurzburg radar system we purchased during the last war. We should The Institute for Aeronautic Research is has been testing a radio controlled anti-ship missile based on the German V1. Those tests have been the main reason for all the so called “Ghost missile” sightings that were in the news before this war started. That weapon may be ready sometime early next year. They are also working on missiles based on the V2 rocket technology, but nothing will come of that for a long time yet.
In the area of aircraft design we have made much progress. The Air Force has started combat testing of the new SAAB J21R jet powered fighter. So far we have a single unit of 3 aircraft, but SAAB claims that they will be able to produce another 4 this month, 6 to 8 the next and then if all goes well 20 a month starting in February next year. The limiting factor will be the availability of the jet engines. A manufacturing license for that engine was purchased from the British in late 1945, but we are still not producing enough to meet demand. The JxR Project is moving along nicely; the R-1001 design has been selected. We purchased the license to produce the de Havilland Ghost 45 engine last month. The first prototype will make its first flight in late summer of next year, God willing. The largest aircraft concern we have right now is in getting the British to honor the order we placed in late 1945 for the 70 Vampire jets. So far they have only agreed to send 20 planes in addition to the 20 we received in June.
MV: And what is the status of the Army projects?
GJ: We have made good progress in those areas. The Army has formed 2 battalion size special units based on the British Commandos and paratroopers. Both the Kustjägarna, and the Fallskärmsjägarna, are ready and have missions in the upcoming operations. We have arranged the purchase of 5000 P38 pistols from sources in Britain and the United States. We plan to use those to replace the failed m/40 pistols. That number will meet the needs of the front line troops for now. We have decided to have Husqvarna Vapenfabriks AB begin production of P38 pistols to meet all further needs. The Automatkarbin project has just start working a modern weapon that will use our standard 6.5mm ammunition. While they work on that, FFV-Carl Gustaf is looking into producing copies of the German StG44 automatic carbine and the MG42 machine gun. The troops now have more than enough of our new m/45 submachine guns. We have arranged for AB Bofors to produce a domestic copy of the British 17 pound anti-tank gun. That weapon will be the standard anti-tank gun and if possible tank armament for all future tanks. Also we have begun producing a copy of the German panzerfaust rocket. Also we should have an 84mm version of our m/42 recoilless anti-tank weapon soon.
MV: Good. Is everything ready for tomorrow?
GJ: Of course, the meeting will go off fine.
MV: Good. And General the Norwegians have agreed to release those German POWs you requested. The first train arrives later this week. But remember General neither that Norwegians nor the Danes will allow armed German formations on their soil.
GJ: I understand the delicate nature of rearming the Germans, but having those trained soldiers slowly starved to death in prison is a waste of resources. We should be able to organize at least 5 brigades out of those 25,000 troops. The Finns have agreed to accept all the German units we raise.