Next generation surface warships to be built

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and Saab Kockums have signed agreements on the construction of the next generation surface warships for the Swedish navy. The contracts mark the beginning of the construction of new surface warships and comprise requirement analyses as well as the provision of relevant documentation.

The FMV and Saab Kockums have signed agreements on the modification of the five Visby class corvettes, version 5. Photo: Jimmie Adamsson/Försvarsmakten

“Finally! This process should have been initiated ten years ago and I’m delighted that the project is about to be launched. It is long overdue”, says Navy Chief, Eva Skoog Haslum.

In addition, the FMV and Saab Kockums have signed agreements on the modification of the five existing Visby class corvettes, version 5.

The contracts mark the beginning of the construction of new surface warships and comprise requirement analyses as well as the provision of relevant documentation.

In addition to the modification of the ships’ current systems, air defence missiles will be provided, the anti-surface ship missile system will be modernised and the torpedo system will upgraded to the new light torpedo 47.

The first Visby class corvette was launched in June 2000 and five ships are currently in service. The modernisation aims at making the ships operationally relevant beyond 2040.