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DSEI 2023: Kongsberg expects launch customer for Vanguard multrole ship imminently

8th September 2023 - 17:00 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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The Vanguard system passed successfully the model tests in February 2022 at SINTEF facilities in Norway. The tests included still water and seakeeping tests in towing tank. (Kongsberg)

Testing and qualification of the Vanguard multirole ship by designer Kongsberg has been completed and the company expects a launch customer shortly. The vessel is optimised to be a 'mothership' for uncrewed systems.

Arild Skoge, business development manager at Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, told Shephard ahead of DSEI 2023 that the company had worked through pricing for ship construction with five different Norwegian shipyards during mid-2023.

'What we are trying to promote with Vanguard is the ability to break the cost curve in the naval domain,' he explained, adding that the pricing exercises were to assure that the cost of delivering the vessel is remains low.

'It is full speed for the Vanguard now to try and get the first launch customer, that is the main focus and highest priority,' Skoge added, 

'The next step

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