Finland-based Patria has awarded a new contract worth roughly Skr960m ($117.7m) to Saab for work in support of the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade programme.

Saab will function as one of the major suppliers for the naval programme under the arrangement.

The scope of the project includes the modernisation and enhancement of four of the navy’s Hamina-class fast attack crafts.

"9LV’s open-architecture design allows seamless integration of Saab’s solutions, as well as third-party sensors, weapons and systems."

Deliveries for the mid-life refurbishment project are slated to begin this year.

The deal will see Saab provide the Trackfire remote weapon station (RWS), 9LV combat management system (CMS) and 9LV fire control system (FCS), which includes the Ceros 200 fire control director.

The 9LV CMS is used as command and control centre for several advanced surface ships and submarines.

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It is designed to provide naval forces with enhanced operational capabilities and support all mission types, ranging from littorals to the open ocean.

Saab Surveillance business area senior vice-president and head Anders Carp said: “9LV’s open-architecture design allows seamless integration of Saab’s solutions, as well as third-party sensors, weapons and systems.

“We will provide the Hamina-class vessels with a world-class naval system, further strengthening the Finnish Navy’s operational capability.”

Ceros 200 is a radar and optronic tracking fire control director that has been developed specifically for use on-board navy vessels.

Saab’s Trackfire RWS delivers the required hit performance necessary to engage threats effectively under all conditions.

In addition, the TactiCall integrated communications system helps interconnect various communication technologies, irrespective of radio band, frequency or hardware.

Patria is also expected to sign another contract with Saab for the delivery of the TactiCall integrated communications system later this year.