Saab Starts Construction of Finnish Navy’s Composite Masts

  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 01:31 PM, August 17, 2023
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Saab Starts Construction of Finnish Navy’s Composite Masts
Visby-class corvette

A composite cutting ceremony was held at Saab's site on August 15 in Karlskrona for the first of four masts for the Finnish Navy's new ships.

The masts are manufactured in the same composite material that the Swedish Visby-class corvettes are made of.

In September 2019, Saab signed a contract to provide and integrate the combat system for the Finnish Navy’s four new ships in the Pohjanmaa class (known as the Squadron 2020 programme). Saab is one of the subcontractors for the new Finnish ships, with planned deliveries during the period 2027-2029.

The masts that Saab manufactures for Finland are equivalent in height to a five-story building.

These materials as they contribute to a lower ship weight and radar signature. Carbon fibre is a sustainable alternative that does not corrode, lowers fuel consumption and means that more of a ship’s overall weight can be allocated to additional capabilities.

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