Saab seals Swedish corvette contract

The Swedish defence and security company Saab announced December 18 that it signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration for the yearly overhaul and modification of the Swedish Navy’s Stockholm-class corvettes. 

The two Swedish Navy vessels are HMS Stockholm and HMS Malmö.

The announced contract covers the period 2016-2017 while the work on the corvettes will be undertaken in Karlskrona.

According to Saab, the ships will be classified as warships intended primarily for maritime surveillance after the modification is completed. Both ships were built at the Karlskrona shipyard in the early 1980s and entered service in 1985.

In 2002, the vessels went through a midlife upgrade.

Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab’s business unit Saab Kockums, said: “HMS Stockholm and HMS Malmö are fine examples of how a good basic design combines with planned maintenance and modifications to deliver low lifecycle costs and longer operational deployment.”

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