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The two new Swedish A26 submarines will be named HSwMS Blekinge and HSwMS Skåne, Swedish Ministry of Defense, announced on 16 January.
The names of the two new submarines were approved by the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf, according to the tradition of naming ships of the Navy of Sweden, informed the Ministry of Defense.
The ministry further said the first submarine would be delivered in 2024, and the second in 2025. The HSwMS Blekinge was originally scheduled to be delivered in 2022.
The A26 air-independent propulsion submarines are being built by Swedish defense manufacturer Saab Kockums, worth SEK8.6 billion (approximately $ 950 million) in 2015. Construction of the first submarine began in September 2015, second an announcement from Saab.
Saab offers three A26 variants of different lengths and displacements, based on mission requirements. The smallest is the “Pelagic” version of 50 meters, which has a AIP autonomy of 20 days. Next, the “Oceanic” version, which measures 65 meters in length and has an autonomy of more than 30 days. The largest “Extended Range” model is more than 80 meters long and has a range of more than 10,000 nautical miles, according to the company.
The A26 built for Sweden will replace the current Gotland class submarines, the first of which has recently completed a half-life upgrade with a two-meter hull extension to accommodate upgrades and new technologies to be used on the A26s.
The A26 will be able to launch cruise missiles from VLS launchers in addition to the traditional cargo of mines and torpedoes. The new design will also feature what Saab refers to as the Multi Mission Portal, a special-forces launcher placed near the torpedo tubes in the bow that allows divers to swim horizontally. The portal will be large enough for launching and retrieving various mission loads, such as manned and unmanned vehicles.
Source: Poder Naval