Saab has begun construction of the Swedish Navy’s first A26 next-generation submarine after a September 4th ceremony at their Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden. This comes after Saab signed contracts worth the equivalent of $919 million with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to deliver two new Type A26 submarines. In addition, a $252.23 million contract was also placed to overhaul their existing Gotland-class subs.
The submarine will use a Multi-Mission Portal to cover a broad range of conflict environments, and will be able to operate in ever ocean. A new feature of the sub will be missiles to go along with the standard mines and torpedoes. It has been the “world’s most modern submarine program” by officials at the Swedish company.
"The A26 is a new standard bearer; a step forward in the Swedish tradition of modular design and building, it ensures maximum operational effectiveness with a lower lifecycle cost,”said Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab Kockums, boasting about the versatility of it, and how the company are ready for all incoming orders.
"With the A26 you can always adapt the submarine to the mission in hand. Now that production has started it is a clear signal to other potential customers around the world that Saab is ready to deliver to them as well."
Some specifications of the A26 submarine include:
Upgraded subs will be delivered from 2018 to 2019. It will take about seven years for the new submarines to be built, as delivery is scheduled to begin in 2022. The orders should be fulfilled two years after.
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