Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab announced an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for a new torpedo tube for lightweight torpedos.
According to a press release from Saab, the order value is approximately SEK 150 million ($15 million), and there is an option to increase the quantity of the order. Deliveries will take place during 2023.
The new torpedo tube will have the customer designation Tub m/20 in Sweden, and will replace the tube currently in use on the Swedish Navy’s corvettes.
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“The new torpedo tube will enhance and future proof Sweden’s capability for operating lightweight torpedoes from surface ships, thereby helping their anti-submarine capabilities,” says Niclas Kolmodin, head of Saab’s business unit Underwater Systems.
The tube is designed to meet future requirements, enabling a larger torpedo payload as well as easier and more user-friendly loading and unloading. Saab designed the launch system to provide higher availability and to enable surveillance of the tube from a naval command and control center. The torpedo tube was developed when Finland placed its order for the Saab New Lightweight Torpedo for its Pohjanmaa class corvettes.