Aerospace and defence company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) to continue the development and production, as well as expand the capabilities, of the two A26 Blekinge-class submarines.
As disclosed, the order value is SEK 5.2 billion ($5.2 million) and the delivery of the two submarines will take place in 2027 and 2028.
“Saab is currently constructing the world’s most advanced conventional submarine. The new capabilities that are to be added to the A26 will give an additional edge within the weapon system and stealth technology among other things,” said Micael Johansson, Saab’s President and CEO.
In June 2015, Sweden ordered the new A26 Blekinge class submarine.
The Blekinge-class submarine is a 65 meters long modern unit with a surfaced displacement of 2,000 tonnes. Equipped with a Stirling AIP, it can dive for more than 18 days.
This type of submarine can accommodate up to 35 commandos and passengers.
In January this year, Saab signed with FMW two agreements concerning the next generation of surface ships and corvettes.
As informed, the agreements include requirements’ analysis and are respectively the start of the modification work of the five corvettes and the acquisition of the Visby Generation 2.