Continued Development and Production, Capability Expandsion
Saab received a further order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) – valued at SEK5.2 billion (€511 million) – on 27 August, to continue development and production, as well as to expand the capabilities, of the two A26 BLEKINGE-class submarines previously ordered by Sweden. Delivery of the two submarines is currently scheduled to take place in 2027 and 2028.
“Saab is currently constructing the world’s most advanced conventional submarine. The new capabilities that are to be added to the A26 will give an additional edge within the weapon system and stealth technology, among other things. With support from Saab’s skilled employees and investments, the important industrial submarine capability in Sweden has been restored,” commented Saab President & CEO, Micael Johansson.
Sweden ordered the new A26, which is tailor-made for Swedish conditions, in June 2015. The capability to design and build submarines places Sweden among a handful of nations with the ability to develop advanced submarines. The Swedish submarine capability is among the most cost-efficient and modern currently available.