HII's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has completed the pressure hull for the Virginia-class submarine USS Arkansas (SSN 800) meaning that all of the hull sections were joined to form a single watertight unit, marking a significant milestone in the construction process.
Saab selected for Finland’s Hamina class upgrade
Saab has been selected by Patria as a major supplier for the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade programme, the company announced on 4 January.
The contract is worth about $118 million with deliveries set to start in 2018.
The programme includes refurbishment and upgrade of four Hamina-class fast attack craft. Saab will supply the 9LV combat management system (CMS), the 9LV fire control system including the Ceros 200 fire control director and the Trackfire remote weapon station.
The 9LV CMS is a command and control centre for surface vessels and submarines. Ceros 200 is a radar and optronic tracking fire control director designed for use on naval ships.
Saab’s TactiCall integrated communications system will also be installed to interconnect communication technologies regardless of radio band, frequency or hardware. This system is set to be contracted separately.
Saab will also supply its new lightweight torpedo to the Finnish Navy. The torpedo is a flexible, advanced anti-submarine warfare solution designed for littoral conditions. The torpedo can be launched from surface ships, aircraft and submarines in anti-submarine and anti-surface roles.
Anders Carp, SVP and head of Saab’s business area Surveillance, said: ‘9LV’s open-architecture design allows integration of Saab’s solutions as well as third-party sensors, weapons and systems. We will provide the Hamina-class vessels with a world-class naval system, further strengthening the Finnish Navy’s operational capability.’
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