Today Finland announced it has selected Saab as combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new POHJANMAA class corvettes for Finnish Squadron 2020 Programme.
Squadron 2020 aims to replace seven vessels the Finnish Navy will decommission by four modern corvettes. “The new vessels will be important for Finland’s defence as they will form the backbone of maritime defence for the Defence Forces in the future. They are planned to be used into the 2050s,” Finnish MoD stated. “Minelayer POHJANMAA, the former flagship, has already been decommissioned, and the four RAUMA class fast attack missile crafts and two HÄMEENLINNA class minelayers will reach the end of their service lives in around mid-2020s. They must be replaced by new vessels. Research results and comparisons have shown that a multi-role corvette will be the best replacement option.”
Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is scheduled to be signed on September 26, 2019 and that the order value will be €412 million. The contract period will be 2019-2027 and the scope will include a range of solutions, including Saab’s 9LV Combat Management System, related sensors and other systems.
“This announcement marks a major milestone in Saab’s relationship with Finland and we look forward to continuing to support the Finnish Navy’s capabilities with our world-leading combat system expertise”, says Anders Carp, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Surveillance. All of the Finnish Navy’s current vessels feature at least one system from Saab, with the majority of vessels operating several systems from Saab.