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Rauma Marine Constructions To Design Four Multirole Corvettes For Finnish Navy (Finnish MoD photo)

The Finnish Defence Forces have signed a contract with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for designing Finnish Navy’s four multirole corvettes under Squadron 2020 project.

The 7.5 million euro design contract follows the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Defence Forces and RMC in September 2016.

Under the contract, RMC will further define the vessel concept and produce the basic design material which is required for manufacturing the vessels. The contract to actually construct the vessels is scheduled to be signed in the course of 2018.

During the design process of the vessels the following capabilities and possibilities must be taken into account – the capability for surface warfare operations, the capability of naval mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare capability, command and control capabilities and the capability of staying at sea for a prolonged time in all weather and ice conditions. In addition to minelayer, FNS Pohjanmaa, which has already been decommissioned, the vessels of the Squadron 2020 project will replace four fast attack missile craft of the Rauma class and two minelayers of the Hämeenmaa class. The total cost of the project has been estimated to be 1.2 billion euros. According to plan the first vessels will be commissioned in 2021.

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