Finnish Navy orders lightweight torpedo for Hamina-class ships

10 January 2018 (Last Updated January 9th, 2018 12:13)

The Finnish Navy has signed a contract with Saab for the development and supply of new lightweight torpedoes for the four Hamina-class fast attack crafts (FACs).

Finnish Navy orders lightweight torpedo for Hamina-class ships
Lightweight torpedo. Credit: Saab AB.

The Finnish Navy has signed a contract with Saab for the development and supply of new lightweight torpedoes for the four Hamina-class fast attack crafts (FACs).

The delivery is expected to form part of the navy’s Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade programme for the FACs, which will help ensure and develop the navy’s mission capability.

Saab will also deliver torpedo systems, documentation, training and support services as part of the arrangement.

The contracted lightweight torpedo system is a flexible, advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solution that has been designed for littoral conditions.

“The torpedo’s wire control system enables operator support, allowing commanders to engage targets in close vicinity of friendly units, as well as in narrow spaces.”

Saab Business Area Dynamics senior vice-president and head Görgen Johansson said: “This first export order on our new torpedo is a milestone for us and our underwater business.

“With this order, the Finnish Navy will have the most sophisticated torpedo system available on the market.

“The torpedo’s wire control system enables operator support, allowing commanders to engage targets in close vicinity of friendly units, as well as in narrow spaces.

“The new torpedo system will give the Finnish Defence Forces a whole new strength.”

Delivery of the equipment is slated to begin this year.

The deal will see the company carry out the system integration of the torpedoes on the Hamina-class ships in collaboration with Finnish firm Patria, which is acting as the prime contractor for the navy upgrade programme.

The torpedo system can be launched from surface vessels, aircraft and submarines in various anti-submarine and anti-surface roles.

It is suitable for operations in both littoral and blue waters, as well as under cold, warm and brackish conditions.