The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has signed a
contract with Saab worth $1.04 billion for two new-construction A26
submarines and midlife upgrades
of two Gotland-class submarines,
Halland and Gotland.
With the contract now complete,
construction is expected to begin in
2016, with the first unit entering
service in 2022 and the second in
2024. Although only two units are
under contract, a total of five may be
procured by the Royal Swedish Navy
to replace the two Sodermanland-class and three Gotland-class boats.
The first two will replace the
Sodermanland class with three additional units potentially being ordered
by the mid-2020s to replace the three
units of the Gotland class.
Halland and Gotland will undergo a major overhaul as part of this
contract. Those submarines will
return to the fleet in 2018 and
2019. Some of the latest sensor and
weapon upgrades found on the
modernized Gotlands also are
expected to be incorporated on the
first A26 submarines.
Pakistan Signs Deal With
China for Patrol Boats
Pakistan and China have signed an
agreement worth approximately
$100 million for the construction of
six patrol vessels for the Pakistan
Maritime Safety Agency (MSA).
Four of the vessels will be built in
China and two will be built at
Pakistan’s Karachi Shipbuilding and
Engineering Works (KSEW).
An Invitation to Tender (ITT) had
been released by the Pakistani government in February for three 1,500-
ton Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs),
three 600-ton patrol boats along with
30mm guns and ammunition. The
vessels are the replacements for the
Gearing-, Shanghai II-, Barkat- and
Huangfen-class patrol vessels that
have been in service for three
decades or longer.
The specifications (as listed in
the ITT) for the 1,500-ton OPVs
equate to the newly designed
1,500-ton OPV now being built for
the China Coast Guard (CCG). All
three units will be built in China
and delivered to the MSA by the
end of 2017.
The specifications (as listed in the
ITT) for the 600-ton patrol boats
equate to the Type 618B 600-ton
patrol boat being built for the CCG at
the Dinghai Navy Yard. One unit will
be built in China and the remaining
two at KSEW. The Chinese-built unit
is expected to be delivered to the
MSA in 2016, followed by the two
Pakistani-built units in 2017.
Team for Italian LHD
Fincantieri and Finmeccanica of
Italy will split a $1.22 billion contract for the construction of the
20,000-ton Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD) for the
The contract will be worth $946.2
million to Fincantieri, which will
build the ship at its Riva Trigoso
Shipyard. Finmeccanica’s contract
will be worth $302.8 million to provide the weapon and sensor systems
through various subsidiaries including SELEX ES, OTO Melara, WASS,
Elettronica and Sestema.
The LHD will begin construction
in 2016 and be delivered to the
Italian Navy by 2022. Fincantieri
will be responsible for construction
in addition to providing all naval
machinery such as shaft lines, propellers, fin stabilizers and other handling systems. SELEX ES will be
responsible for the majority of combat systems and Sestema for all
The LHD will be around 200
meters (656.1 feet) in length with an
estimated displacement of 20,000
tons. It will have a full-length flight
deck that can accommodate up to
six helicopters simultaneously. Its
hangar will be able to store around
Saab to Build, Upgrade
Swedish Navy Submarines
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The Royal Swedish Navy submarine HMS Gotland, left, Royal Netherlands Navy
frigate HNLMS Tromp, center, and British Royal Navy frigate HMS Portland steam
in formation with NATO and partner nation ships during maneuvering drills as a part
of exercise Dynamic Mongoose in the Atlantic May 4. As part of a new contract
with Saab, Gotland and its sister submarine Halland will undergo midlife upgrades.