The Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command has received approval from the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) to acquire the Gabriel surface-to-surface missile system 2020 (SSM2020) from Israel Aerospace Industries.
The system is intended to replace Finland’s existing anti-ship missile system, MTO85M, which is scheduled to cease operations over the coming decade.
In addition to SSM2020, the deal also covers the provision of launchers, missiles, simulators, test equipment, spare parts and training services.
The agreement is valued at €162m with a €193m option.
Delivery of the contracted equipment is set to take place between 2019 and 2025.
The Finnish Navy is expected to install the new SSM2020 Missiles onboard the Hamina Class and Squadron 2020 Class vessels, as well as on a vehicle platform.
The Gabriel solution was selected from a list of systems that were proposed for the contract, including Kongsberg’s NSM, MBDA’s EXOCET, Boeing’s Harpoon and Saab’s RBS15.
Several factors influenced the Finnish Navy’s decision to acquire the Gabriel system, including its performance vis-à-vis acquisition costs and schedule, lifecycle costs and the security of supply, along with its compatibility with the country’s existing infrastructure and defence systems.
According to the MoD, the system’s maintenance capabilities will be based in Finland and the security of supply will be guaranteed for the entire duration of its lifecycle.
The procurement is slated to provide employment opportunities for around 179 people between 2022 and 2050.
In a statement, the Finnish Ministry of Defence said: “The missile is capable of long-range effect and can also be able to be used against land targets.
“The new system will create a deterrent and a threat to the adversary, as well as a capability for Finland to respond to the threats of the modern and developing battlefield also in the future.”