The Finnish Defence Forces Started Preparations for Acquiring Squadron 2020 Maintenance Capability

Photo: Finnish MoD

Puolustusvoimat – Finnish Defence Forces, 29 May 2017

The Defence Forces Logistics Command and the Finnish Navy, together with the Defence Forces’ strategic partner Millog, have started preparations for acquiring the capabilities needed to maintain and service Squadron 2020 vessels.

The Ministry of Defence authorised the Finnish Defence Forces to order project support from Millog Ltd to support the project group 20172021. The Millog experts in the project group will work under the guidance of Defence Forces personnel. The project support is connected to Squadron 2020’s construction development and has a total value of 4.6 million euros. The support is included in the Squadron 2020 total budget.

Millog’s support enables creating the necessary maintenance and service capabilities already in the squadron’s planning and construction phases. The project ensures the transfer of knowledge from the planning phase to all the way through the life cycle of Squadron 2020. At the same time the experts are supporting the creation of the capability and for their their part ensure that the project advances.

Squadron 2020 project multirole corvettes.

The 7.5 million euro design contract for four multi-role corvettes, follows the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Defence Forces and RMC in September 2016.

Under the contract, RMC will further define the vessel concept and produce the basic design material which is required for manufacturing the vessels. The contract to actually construct the vessels is scheduled to be signed in the course of 2018.

In early April, Finland also announced the names of three shortlisted combat system bidders for the vessels.  German Atlas Elektronik GmbH, the Canadian Lockheed Martin Canada Inc and the Swedish Saab Ab were down-selected for further consideration.

Squadron 2020 vessels are expected to be capable of surface warfare operations, naval mine and anti-submarine warfare, in addition to command and control capabilities and the ability to stay at sea for prolonged times in all weather and ice conditions.

In addition to minelayer, FNS Pohjanmaa, which has already been decommissioned, the vessels of the Squadron 2020 project will replace four fast attack missile craft of the Rauma class and two minelayers of the Hämeenmaa class. The total cost of the project has been estimated to be 1.2 billion euros. According to plan, the first vessels will be commissioned in 2021.

 

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