Swedish Navy orders Trackfire remote weapon station for CB90 boat

The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has awarded defense contractor Saab a second contract for the delivery of a Trackfire remote weapon station (RWS) for the Royal Swedish Navy.

RWS will be installed on the new Combat Boat 90 (Strb90 HSM) used by the navy’s amphibian forces.

This is an addition to a Trackfire RWS order that Saab received from FMV in August 2017.

In July 2017, the Swedish Navy ordered 18 CB90-class fast assault craft from Swedish boat builder Dockstavarvet under a SEK 400 million (approx. US$47.3m) contract.

The new combat boats, referred to as Stridsbåt 90HSM (M standing for modernized), will be an improved version of the Stridsbåt 90HS boats already in service with the Swedish Navy.

FMV estimates that the 15-meter all aluminium fast assault craft would remain in service beyond 2040 with the first unit set for delivery in the third quarter of 2018.

“This order is further proof that the Swedish customer continues to trust Saab and our products. Trackfire RWS is a flexible system with very high precision and performance,” says Anders Carp, senior vice president and head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.