According to official press release from SAAB; Swedish Navy Gotland Class Submarine has been relaunched and is ready to start her sea trials after a comprehensive mid-life upgrade (MLU).
Due to this MLU, the Gotland submarine has capabilities that will be found in the next generation of Swedish submarines, the A26.
The Gotland was designed and built by Kockums in Malmö in the early 1990’s and commissioned in 1996. The mid-life modification consists of upgrades of onboard systems and technology, sustaining the submarine’s operability, and ensuring service to Sweden beyond 2025.
This updated version of the Gotland will pave the way for the most modern AIP submarine under production today: the A26 for the Royal Swedish Navy. More than 20 systems on-board the new Gotland-class will be implemented in the A26. The MLU of Gotland therefore contributes to the test and qualification of some of the innovative solutions to be implemented in the future Swedish A26 submarine class.
The relaunch ceremony of the Gotland took place in Karlskrona on June 20.
Saab has received an additional order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding Trackfire Remote Weapon Station (RWS) for the Royal Swedish Navy. Trackfire RWS will be installed on the new Combat Boat 90 (Strb90 HSM) used by the navy’s amphibian forces.
The new Combat Boat 90 will be operated by the Swedish navy’s amphibian forces.
The order is in addition to a Trackfire RWS order received by Saab from the FMV in August 2017.
The family of Trackfire Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) builds on over 40 years of developing electro-optic fire control platforms for both the Land and Naval environments. Thus, Trackfire has designed for use on all types of military platforms including vehicles, vessels and static emplacements.
You can read SAAB original press release here
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Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has awarded Saab a contract to provide Multi Tactical Data Links to the Swedish Navy. The total order value is SEK 148 million ($18.3 million)
The Navy platforms will be upgraded with data links such as Link 16 and Link 22.This enables closer co-operation and communication with other nations at sea during missions.
Saab 9LV Combat Management System (CMS) will be upgraded as part of the deliveries.
“The integration of the Tactical Data Links into the Saab 9LV CMS on board the Navy’s surface warfare vessels will further strengthen Swedish Navy’s operational capability,” says Anders Carp, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.”
Link 16 is a military tactical data exchange network used by NATO and associated nations to allow military aircraft, ships and ground forces to exchange tactical information securely in near real-time. Link 22 is primarily maritime and complements Link 16.
Saab’s 9LV CMS is used as command and control centre for many advanced surface vessels and submarines, providing naval forces with outstanding operational capabilities, supporting all mission types, from littorals to the open ocean.