Norwegian Navy’s Skjold-class boat

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (FLO) has awarded a framework agreement to Bergen Group Services for maintenance and service work related to MTU engines in the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Under the four-year Nkr60m ($11m) framework agreement, Bergen Group will provide maintenance and service on the propulsion engines of a variety of naval vessels and combat vehicles.

The agreement also includes maintenance for engines on the Navy’s Skjold-class coastal corvettes, minesweeper vessels and frigates, as well as Combat Leopard vehicles.

Bergen Group CEO Asle Solheim said that the framework agreement with the Norwegian Armed Forces is very important for the company’s strategy.

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"Bergen Group has for a long time worked on developing the Group’s expertise and capacity in carrying out complex marine projects," Solheim added.

Capable of cruising at speeds in excess of 55k, the Skjold-class vessels have a full load displacement capacity of 270t and a draught of 0.9m to 2.3m, enabling it to access very shallow waters unlike other craft.

The ships are armed with eight Kongsberg Nye Sjoemaals Missiler or Norwegian strike missile (NSM) anti-ship missiles and an Oto Melara 76mm Super Rapid gun with a range in excess of 12km that is capable of engaging several targets simultaneously.

In addition to MBDA Mistral short-range surface-to-air missile and twin launcher, the vessels feature lightweight Senit 2000 combat management system as well as Saab Systems Ceros 200 radar and an optronic fire control system to provide fire control for missiles and guns.

Image: The Norwegian Navy’s Skjold-class coastal corvette at sea. Photo: Foto Magne Åhjem, Sjøforsvaret.

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