Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Finland to Start its Squadron 2000 Project

Project Calls for Four Multi-Purpose OPVs

The Finnish Navy has begun its Laivue 2000 (Squadron 2000) programme to build a new class of four multi-purpose Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

The Squadron 2000 programme calls for a 90-100m long ship with a full displacement of up to 2,500 tons.
(Photo: Courtesy of Finnish MoD)

The new ships will replace the service’s four “Rauma” class Fast Attack Craft (FAC) and two of its “Hämeenmaa” class minelayers around 2022/2024, according to the Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD). As the life cycle of the six vessels to be replaced by the new class cannot be extended in a cost-efficient way, the Finnish Navy needs a capable platform able to be deployed to “monitor maritime areas above and under the water surface”, using “capable weapons” to counter potential threats by enemy forces, the MoD said. The project planning phase is expected to be completed in 2018, with the construction phase estimated to be initiated in 2019. The four new ships will cost an approximately €1.2Bn (US$1.318Bn).

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