Sweden takes next step on Visby MLU and next-generation corvette
Saab announced on 25 January that it has signed two agreements with Swedish defence procurement agency FMV regarding the next generation of surface ships and corvettes for the Swedish Royal Navy.
Saab Kockums will conduct an analysis of requirements as the first step towards the Visby-class MLU and acquisition of Visby Generation 2.
‘The Visby corvettes have been pioneers for 20 years, and after Mid-Life Upgrades they will be well equipped for future assignments. The experience and knowledge that the Visby class has gathered over the years will feed into the development of Visby Generation 2,’ said Lars Tossman, head of Saab Kockums.
Visby Generation 2 will be equipped with a modern anti-ship missile system, torpedo system and air defence missile system. It is designed primarily as the mutirole vessel for littoral and blue water operations but it will also be capable of operating in harsh conditions. This new generation of vessels could enter service as early as 2025, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
The MLU for the Visby class aims to keep the five vessels in service beyond 2040. In addition to modifying existing systems on the corvettes, a new air defence missile system will be installed. The RBS15 anti-ship missile system and torpedo system will also each be upgraded to the latest version.
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