Finnish defence major, Patria has delivered the first modernized Hamina class missile boat, FNS Tornio (81), to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF), the company announced.
In 2018, Patria signed an agreement with the FDF for the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) and overhaul of Finnish Navy’s four Hamina Class missile boats. Under the agreement, Patria is acting as the prime contractor, designer and the lead system integrator having the overall responsibility for the Squadron 2000 MLU project. The total value of the initial delivery contract, without options, was around 170 million euros.
The contract was part of the FDF’s Naval Capability Development Programme, based on which the overhaul of Hamina Class vessels will ensure continued naval defence capabilities in the period between the decommissioning of Rauma Class fast attack craft and the commissioning of new Squadron 2020 Pohjanmaa class corvettes during the 2020s.
The primary focus of the project is to enhance the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and surface defence capabilities of the vessels with new features.
As part of the extensive supply chain management effort involved, Patria also signed significant subcontracts related to combat management system (CMS), torpedo and sensor systems with Saab AB and ship technical work with Oy Western Shipyard Ltd.
The modernized Hamina Class vessels will be equipped with Saab’s 9LV Combat Management System (CMS), 9LV Fire Control System (FCS) including the Ceros 200 fire control director and the Trackfire Remote Weapon Station (RWS), TactiCall integrated communications system and new Torpedo 47 (also Torped 47, Torpedsystem 47) lightweight torpedo.
The ships are to be also equipped with new Gabriel anti-ship missile system developed by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) (replacing Saab Bofors Dynamics RBS15 SFIII anti-ship missile) and BAE Systems’ Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun (replacing Bofors 57 mm gun).
According to the project schedule, the final vessel will complete its MLU at Oy Western Shipyard by 2021.