Carl Bergqvist

Carl Bergqvist

was @sweden 2018-02-12 to 2018-02-19

Hi everybody! I am Carl Bergqvist, also known in Sweden as Wiseman. I am a lieutenant colonel in the Swedish Air Force, where I command a squadron of Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighters.

To Swedes I am mostly known as a defence blogger. In 2007 I anonymously started the defence blog Wiseman’s Wisdoms to discuss Swedish defence and security policy. My blog, and later other defence blogs, soon became the main arena for the Swedish debate. Since December 2013 I have been public with my identity.

From 2014 to 2016 I was also a columnist on defence and security policy for the Swedish tabloid Expressen. That I and my fellow military colleagues have been able to critically discuss Swedish defence issues and also both the military and national policies, is something quite unique for Sweden. It is a testament to the Swedish approach to freedom of speech.

During my week as curator I will try to give you some insight into both the Swedish defence, especially the air force, and the current issues in Swedish defence and security arena.

You can find my blog at and on Twitter you find me as @wisemanswisdoms and @72_Sqn.

Carl Bergqvist's Feed

@sweden Feb. 18, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

My week as curator for @Sweden has come to an end. Next week @adamedmera will be representing Sweden. I am sure you…

@sweden Feb. 18, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

I am sure this will be much debated if the initiative stands. /W

@sweden Feb. 18, 2018, 11:25 a.m.

I am skeptical about this. It would be playing into the Kremlin’s hands. Locking in 20 000 people from premier figh…

@sweden Feb. 18, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

@smiffy Viggen is Swedish for ”The Thunderbolt”, referring to the thunderbolt flying from Thors Hammer when used. /W

@sweden Feb. 18, 2018, 11:20 a.m.

@WesternIdentity Never had a pizza like that or seen anyone eat one. Not my kind of pizza. The most popular pizza i…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

@MalteRoos Give me Petra Mede back, and I’ll side with you. /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

@MalteRoos I thought the previous two weeks were bad, but this was even worse. Luckily, the intermissions tend to b…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

@fernandoap97 I watch it but I am not a die-hard fan of it. It has got its moments though. /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

@arrobaleatoria I totally agree with you. /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

@arrobaleatoria He is actually named Johan. His father is from Portugal. Sadly (for us) Johan has now left the air…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

@JnAviPhoto It is hard to imagine that by the time the artists make the national finals, 2000 songs have already been refused. /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

@martyndotcom I know some of my colleagues in the Army look upon watching #melfest as duress or interrogation resistance training 😮 /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Right now, a large share of the Swedish population is watching part 3 of the national Eurovision tryouts. The count…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

For many of us, it's just business as usual. #Gripen #svfm /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 2:22 p.m.

And this is a more and more common view from some of the farms in southwestern Sweden #Gripen #svfm /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

A fairly normal thing back in the 90's. #Viggen #svfm /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 2:18 p.m.

Congrats Norway for the 🥉 and congrats Hanna for your 5th place!

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 1:49 p.m.

Back in time for the women’s biathlon after a nice walk in a beautiful and wintery Stockholm. Go Hanna Öberg! /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

@mkoziel14 I enjoy skating (preferably longer distances on frozen lakes) and all sorts of skiing. Unfortunately hav…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

@LinlathenAndrew We will definitely give a try. Used to do some ”Swedish” shopping at Totally Swedish (Crawford St,…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 11:31 a.m.

@pedershk Stina was only born in 1993 so I guess she will be even more impressive in the coming years. /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Congratulations Norway! A fantastic achievement! 🇳🇴 Well done Sweden! 🇸🇪 /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 11:14 a.m.

@LinlathenAndrew Nice! Looks very genuine. /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

@TorstenAkesson With the onboard systems you can set down anywhere, though there is still a matter of certification…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

@pedershk This is going to be close in the end.

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

@pedershk I am happy as long as a Nordic country wins 🇫🇮🇳🇴🇸🇪 /W

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

@Roger_Larsson Viggen also had it. Designed for frontal attacks. The computers automatically manoeuvre the aircraft…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Almost time for one of the highlights of the Olympics today - women's 4x5 km relay.

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

@Anniebaba86 Hi Annie! I would say both focused and at the same very at ease and relieved as all the stress of plan…

@sweden Feb. 17, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

Just another reminder of the growing importance of cyber warfare and contemporary society's vulnerability to it.

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

@ctomw Nope. With the 39A-D we have never had any problems with the engine in contrast to other single-engine fight…

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

@ctomw As for economy it will be hard to beat. You will have a hard time finding a fighter cheaper to operate than…

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

@ctomw Sure, I have the number to the guy to talk to... I guess they would work as good for you as for us. We are b…

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 7:09 p.m.

It’s Friday night so how about some #FighterFriday flares from a couple of #Gripen fighters? /W

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

@Fjantomen Jag har jobbat på F 21 hela vägen fram till för ett drygt år sedan. Är på F 17 regelbundet i tjänsten.

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 12:07 p.m.

@talpaiute25 It provides a good combination of short-, medium- and long-range air-to-air weaponry. /W

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 10:04 a.m.

The French air force and the Royal Air Force will be quick to follow with Meteors on the Rafale and Typhoon. /W

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

The Swedish Air Force is the first one in the world to operate the Meteor air-to-air missile (inboard pylons), whic…

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

It’s #FighterFriday so I can’t help myself from retweeting one of Jörgens beautiful photos of my squadron’s operati…

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

@LinlathenAndrew Lovely and sunny is great but a bit of cumulus gives a nice flavour and perspective to how small w…

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

@SleepingPooch Nothing that will beat Ozzy man …

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 9:27 a.m.

@LinlathenAndrew Oh, and we have a couple of female helicopter pilots. /W

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 9:27 a.m.

@LinlathenAndrew Too few. So far there is only one, and she entered the air force ~25 years ago. That is not reall…

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

@Jangel1994 I am afraid so. As a pilot you full colour vision and no vision correction. Some air forces allow for l…

@sweden Feb. 16, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

It’s great start for the morning to hear that Sweden won another gold in the Olympics. This time it was Frida Hansd…

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 8 p.m.

A good example of how cyber warfare has become a more common way of waging war in the grey-zone where it is hard t…

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

RT @airtattoo: Aircraft Update! The Czech Air Force has confirmed that both their JAS-39 Gripen and L-159 ALCA will be performing solo disp…

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

@NuwOne Ah, now I follow. I usually nail my hookups. 😎 Having a great flight-control system helps. /W

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

Great training with partners! My squadron had the opportunity to do the same two weeks ago. #svfm #Gripen /W

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

@xcelerationlabs No, were are not allowed to use any such drugs. /W

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 5:23 p.m.

So great to hear that Hanna Öberg secured another gold for Sweden in the women’s individual Biathlon! This could tu…

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 4:44 p.m.

@LinlathenAndrew I do. A couple of my friends and colleagues. They want to be anonymous so far. /W

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

@mrfnak Delmåtten avgör. Ingen skillnad än (tror jag) på tp- och stridspilot. Helikopter medger att man är något lä…

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

@Alasevt Various reasons I suppose. Too long training for the instant gratification generation? /W

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

RT @sayitinswe: In northern @sweden, the summer nights are always light and the winter days always dark. 🇸🇪 #swedishfacts

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

@janbarstad And congrats Norway on the gold for ladies 10 km Free!

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 8:42 a.m.

And now it's time for Sweden's first game in the Olympic men's hockey. Vs Norway. I don't think anyone expects the Norwegians to win. /W

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 8:37 a.m.

@ohjustshootme @DamselinstresTV Can't say I feel anything much when I'm in control. You're too prepared for what is happening. /W

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 8:36 a.m.

@TheSwedishPete Bas 90 was disbanded during the drawdowns but it is replaced with another more flexible concept. /W

@sweden Feb. 15, 2018, 8:34 a.m.

Yes! Another medal for Sweden and Charlotte Kalla! Way to go, C! /W

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

@DeckOfficer Good! My experience is that there are few people who are more anti-war than military people. They know…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

@LinlathenAndrew Now and then. When I did my winter survival training it was -33°C. Sleeping in the parachute was k…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

@Pobrehm Not really anymore, because of age discrimination laws. /W

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

@Mmd_Sdghn No major incidents so far. The #Gripen is a very reliable aircraft. Both me and my aircraft (and the mai…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 10 p.m.

@HenrikdBW My primary job is making sure that we never have to go to war. We do that by maintaining such a credible…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

@MrGoodVotes I used to. They were good cars. Now it’s a Volvo and a BMW. /W

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Unfortunately for all you Swedes out there, the window for applying closed the other week. By late summer, you will…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

If you have any thoughts about becoming a pilot, I can only tell you to send in an application. Most Western air fo…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

I have gotten to meet people and work with people all over the world I would otherwise never have met. Going to wor…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

For me it was a dream come true. I had always dreamt of flying fighters and I have never regretted my choice. I hav…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Two of the most frequent questions you get as a pilot is why you chose to be pilot and what it feels like to fly a…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

@LinlathenAndrew ”Owe, get a move on for f*s sake. We were supposed to have taken off by now!” There was much amuse…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

@LinlathenAndrew … and then and when he was just appointed the journalists caught him during one of his flying week…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

@LinlathenAndrew Not really. Our air force is rather informal when it comes to adressing superior. The other servic…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

@LinlathenAndrew Definitely will. Hoping to bring the squadron over in the coming year. /W

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 6:25 p.m.

I have to advertise the desktop calendar that @JnAviPhoto has been kind of enough to make out of pictures he has ta…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

2 days ago I received a question about my opinions on Nordbat 2 (the Swedish-led Nordic UN battalion in Bosnia). If…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

RT @wthuebner: Can I mention here how cool the @sweden account is? This week Carl is showing the world, among other things, how cool the Gr…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

@LinlathenAndrew Hi Andrew! I did not visit Scotland during my year studying. I have been to Scotland a couple of t…

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 6:05 p.m.

@kirsimakela Hello Kirsi! I would say they are from the best, but they are still far better than no meatballs at all. 😃 /W

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

@StormJL That’s a negative Ghostrider! 😎 /W

@sweden Feb. 14, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Meetings, meetings, meetings all day long. How I wish today would have been a day like the one in the video. /W…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Into the sunset we fly. Good night people, see you tomorrow. Fingers crossed for some more Swedish medals until the…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

@THWgeorgia A fair description. @gripendisplay can probably elaborate. He is an avid player, when not flying, runni…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

RT @OnlineMagazin: 😃👨‍🚒👍 Good day folks! It's Tuesday and swedish firefighters rescue a moose in Munkfors, who could not get away from the…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

@justanyone Please, we try to avoid speaking about Norway during the Winter Olympics... unless it's hockey. 😎 /W

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

@HundertDampf @versvoeten2 The difference is the length of the runways. Sweden is that only country to use very sho…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Though it's not hockey but bandy. Another big winter sport in Sweden, played on ice. Bigger goals, shorter sticks a…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

@Allison_Ivy79 That was actually my first reaction as well, when I first saw one. I love cannolis ever since we wer…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

@Allison_Ivy79 I think you will get as many different answers as the number of people you ask. Personally, I enjoy…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

2 gold medals and 1 silver so far for Sweden in the Winter Olympics. Not a bad start. Fingers crossed for more medals tonight! 🇸🇪⛷ /W

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

@jackthalin @Sakpol_SE Nope. Roads were way too short and narrow for that. If preparations were made also for US bo…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

I see that our friends in the Swedish Air Force Mali detachment also have been enjoying their ”semlor”. /W

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

@direj00 Negative. Our contribution is limited to staff personnel and ground forces training the Peshmerga. Our las…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 8:03 p.m.

@DareR76 Yes, it is coordinated with the local authorities. Exercises will be posted advance, and in some cases pol…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Last night I showed you how we use highways for take-off and landing. Also included in the dispersed basing concept…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

My XO "Starbutt" also wants to say hello. Apart from being my right hand in running the squadron, he is also a very…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

@NikolaiAtefie People visiting Sweden tend to be very surprised to see babies sleeping outside in their prams in th…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

@rusty_fitta Commercial aviation is perhaps better paid but work hours are getting constantly worse. You don't get…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 3:41 p.m.

@ldewitt881 Thank you Linus! After a low during the last decade, the Swedish military is gaining in popularity agai…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

@gothbarbie84 @SosyalOzurlu The last time the Swedish air force lost a fighter in an accident where the pilot had t…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

@hedlund_hannes @Travelpen Solsidan definitely the best one. /W

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

@Travelpen Hi Lindsey! Yes, we do but not very many. I think people watch more American sitcoms (and other shows) t…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 10 a.m.

@SamWise24 RIAT is always very nice. Hopefully, we can go this year as well. /W

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

Fitting as today is ”fettisdagen”, where Swede’s all over the world will indulge in eating ”semlor”.

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 7:15 a.m.

@dalah3st @JnAviPhoto @72_Sqn I am afraid I can’t. I will struggle to find a comparison. The acceleration is like a…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 7:11 a.m.

@SamWise24 I was. It was my squadron visiting and my XO was the display pilot. /W

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 7:11 a.m.

@_calizoornia @wisemanswisdoms There a strict rules to callsign. The primary rule is that you never get to choose y…

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

@waxdog_se @72_Sqn The green fields are formation lights. They placed in a pattern that assists formation flying at night. /W

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 7:07 a.m.

@gothbarbie84 That depends on various factors, like weight and amount of headwind. 400 m is a fairly normal distance. /W

@sweden Feb. 13, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

Good morning! #TGIOT (Thank God it’s only Tuesday) as we say in the Air Force. We have got several more days of fly…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

It is high time for some crew rest over here. Sleep tight Sweden (and the rest of you). Your air force is awake. Go…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

@PeopleOfUK @LinlathenAndrew Hi Hannah! Guess what? I am a fan of London (as are most Swedes). I also lived in a vi…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

@af_dahl @patrikoksanen Jag lovar. Till och med arméofficerare kan klara av det. /W 😆

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

@SebCraenen We certainly do. I go by ”Wiseguy”. Some have mistakenly called med Wiseman and that is the reason why…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

@koefoed Guess the background to my callsign …  😆

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

@koefoed You probably could land an aircraft there, but that has never been a design by purpose. Maybe a result of…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

@LBNaess Fly-by-wire is one of the reasons. Mainly it is because of the Human-Machine Integration. All the foreign…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

@BenLeChialeux Negative. I was in the second class that went straight from trainers to the Gripen. I have flown alo…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

@Provokatr1 It was much easier to uphold that kind of opsec a decade or two ago. With today’s technology (social me…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

@Andycauto As a matter of fact, this is actually one of the roads north-east of Trollhättan. /W

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

From the cockpit it looks like this (link to the squadron Facebook page). As you can see the road is approaching re…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

… re-routed around the highway strip. This video is of me doing the first landing. All together about half of my sq…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 7:55 p.m.

… operations, dispersed operations has once more become an important capability for us. Last autumn was the first t…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

The Gripen was designed around being able to take-off and land on highway strips as short as 800 m, with the aircra…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

… a large area. This has been a centre of Swedish Air Power doctrine for more than 50 years. Every Swedish fighter…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

The Swedish Air Force has for a long time used remote airstrips and highways for dispersed basing. It is much easie…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Earlier today I promised to show you a video of what a highway strip landing looks like from the Head-Up Display (H…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

@zalgovich That's a bit of a "how long is a piece of string question?" The S-200 / SA-5 does not perform well again…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

@hab3045 I will fail that test as my haircut is kind of super short... /W

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

@SosyalOzurlu So far so good. I keep my fingers crossed the day will never come. One of squadron buddies ejected fr…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

@awmperry Yes, until 2016. Now I command 72. squadron at F 7 wing. /W

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 1 p.m.

@jameskibwe We definitely would. Last year's major defence exercise #Aurora17 was a testament to that as well as ou…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

@Dag_Torp It does have a front wheel brake which is highly unusual for aircraft. It helps though when making short landings on roads.

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:49 p.m.

@Fuller_Si Sweden dropped neutrality as a policy objective 25 years ago when we joined the EU because it was imposs…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:46 p.m.

@P_Snejersons I wrote an article for War on the Rocks on the topic back in 2016. That's my analysis of Sweden's and…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

@Allison_Ivy79 Twitter is unfortunately not the best format. I suppose you read the article that came about a couple of months ago?

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

@NuwOne The reception is kind of bad in the cockpit at altitude... 😉 /W

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:09 p.m.

@TheWicklowWay It is called "Wiseman's Wisdoms". It's in Swedish so you will probably have to Google translate it.…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

@non_opossum @BalticWatch ... has joined in and since almost as long our three air forces train together in the air…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:05 p.m.

@non_opossum @BalticWatch The Swedish and Finnish air forces are already highly integrated. ~10 years ago I was par…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 12:02 p.m.

@Allison_Ivy79 I'll go with Henrik :) Nordbat 2, especially the first rotation called BA 01, was very impressive.…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 11:58 a.m.

Yup, that's me. Will post a HUD camera video later on, which shows what it looks like when you land on a highway st…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

That said, my aim with the week is to give you a bit of insight into the Swedish defence and some of security polic…

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

I will however be tweeting my personal opinions, so whatever you read here is not an official opinion of the Swedish Armed Forces. /W

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Professionally, I am a fighter pilot and command a squadron of these beauties. /W

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 10:14 a.m.

In Sweden I am mostly known for my defence blog and my participation in debates and discussions on defence and security policy. /W

@sweden Feb. 12, 2018, 10 a.m.

Hello everybody! This is Carl Bergqvist, a.k.a Wiseman, checking in as this week's curator of @sweden Normally I tw…