Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) of the third Gotland-class submarine, HMS Halland.
Under the SEK 1.1 billion contract, Saab will conduct an extensive MLU including an overhaul and upgrade of the combat system.
“This contract shows that an extensive Mid-Life Upgrade is a reliable, cost- and time-efficient solution for the Swedish Navy to receive essential new capabilities,” said Lars Tossman, Saab’s Head of Business Area Kockums. “It is also a proof point of Saab’s commitment to provide Sweden with cutting-edge underwater technology.”
The Gotland-class consists of three submarines which were built between 1990-1997. HMS Halland is the last of the submarines to go through an extensive MLU. HMS Gotland and HMS Uppland were relaunched in 2018 and 2019. The updated versions of the Gotland-class are paving the way for the most modern air-independent propulsion submarine under production today: the Blekinge-class (A26).
More than 20 new systems that will be implemented in the state of the art A26 are also implemented in HMS Halland as part of the Mid-Life Upgrade, which contributes to their de-risking for the A26.