Saab has signed an settlement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk, FMV) on the life extension of two Koster-class mine countermeasures ships. The order worth is SEK 350 million ($33 million). The contract additionally consists of choices for FMV to order measures relating to the remaining three ships within the Koster-class. The overall worth of the choices are SEK 270 million. The contract with FMV implies that Saab will perform life extensions of two Koster-class mine countermeasures ships. The modernisation includes an trade of programs for all times extension and enhanced capabilities to make sure continued operability.

“The mine countermeasure ships are an necessary functionality for Sweden and for the safety of the Baltic Sea. The contract implies that the ships’ continued availability is ensured and is a testomony to Saab’s competence to switch and develop capabilities on present platforms,” says Lars Tossman, Head of Saab enterprise space Kockums.


Swedish Navy Koster class mine-countermeasure vessel HMS Koster (M73)

The Koster class is a category of 5 mine-countermeasure vessels at the moment in use by the Swedish Navy. Constructed between 1982 and 1993 as a part of the seven-strong Landsort-class mine countermeasures vessels, the final 5 ships of the category got a complete midlife improve between 2007 and 2010, which resulted in HMS Koster turning into the lead ship of the newly upgraded class of MCMVs. After the improve, the Swedish Navy expects that it’s going to serve on for an additional 15 to twenty years. An figuring out characteristic of the Koster class is the hearth management radar on prime of the bridge.

Mine countermeasures ships’ major duties are naval mine clearance, submarine searching and maritime surveillance. The programme consists of, amongst different issues, a brand new navigation radar set up and improved capabilities linked to fight programs and floor sensors. When engaged in anti-submarine warfare, the ships can for instance use mines, depth prices and grenades. On the identical time, the Koster-class mine countermeasures ships had been geared up with elevated capabilities similar to, for instance, remotely managed underwater automobiles.