Saab to upgrade Swedish corvettes
The Swedish Defence Material Administration has awarded Saab a contract worth $147.93 million to modify and upgrade the Swedish Marine’s Gävle class corvettes, the company announced on 30 June.
The work, which will be carried out during 2017-2020, will see the company perform a life extension of two corvettes, HMS Gävle and HMS Sundsvall, and outfit them with a new, advanced combat system.
Saab will also conduct a general inspection after the ships have been in service for 72 months.
The corvettes are designed to operate in the waters surrounding Sweden, carrying out missions including surface combat, anti-submarine warfare and air defence.
Gunnar Wieslander, SVP and head of business area Kockums, said: ‘We have a long experience in building and maintaining corvettes in steel, aluminium 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 modernised to meet the customer’s demands.’
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