Saab to Upgrade Swedish Gävle-Class Corvettes

05.07.2017 Europe
Saab to Upgrade Swedish Gävle-Class Corvettes

Saab to Upgrade Swedish Gävle-Class Corvettes

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Defense and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) for the modification and upgrading of the Swedish Marine’s Gävle-class corvettes.

The order value amounts to BSEK 1.249 and the work will be carried out during the period of 2017-2020.

The contract states that Saab is to conduct a life extension of two corvettes, HMS Gävle and HMS Sundsvall, both of the Gävle-class. The contract also includes that Saab will conduct a general inspection after the ships have been in service for 72 months. Besides this, the contract also includes that the ships will be modernized with a new, advanced combat system.

“We have a long experience in building and maintaining corvettes in steel, aluminum and in composite. The ships have good operational capabilities, high availability, long service life, and low operating costs. With a new, advanced combat system, the ships will be modernized to meet the customer’s demands”, said Gunnar Wieslander, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Kockums.

The work will be conducted at Saab in Karlskrona and in Järfälla within the two Business Areas, Kockums and Surveillance.

Corvettes are developed and optimized to operate in the waters surrounding Sweden. The corvettes’ operational missions mostly include surface combat, Anti-Submarine Warfare and air defense.

The shipyard in Karlskrona delivered four corvettes of the Göteborg-class between 1990 and 1993. By the end of the 1990s, two of them were upgraded, HMS Gävle and HMS Sundsvall, and this gave rise to the Gävle-class.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world.

Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

 

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