Finland invests to boost its Naval Defence System
Fresh steps are being triggered by Finland to modernize its naval forces with the strategic value of the Baltic Sea as a potential theatre of military conflict between Russia and NATO, the recent happenings have suggested.
Finland Naval defence system has developed a strategy that will have a long term impact on its security and defence. “Strengthening its presence in the Baltic Sea and protecting its 838-mile-long border with Russia remain two of the core pillars of Finland’s national defence strategy.”
Finland’s new vision for its naval power is aiming to “bolster its open surface warfare and anti-submarine capability in its primary territorial Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia areas.”
According to Jussi Niinistö, Finland’s Defence Minister, “It’s critical that Finland has a modern navy that is fit for purpose. The Baltic Sea has become a possible focal point for tension between East and West.”
It is gathered that Finland has been heavenly dependent of the weaponry of Israel to strengthen its navy.
The Finnish Defence Forces, with its presence in the Baltic Sea to protect against Russian interests “has undergone a $1.5 billion naval boost that will include a $500 million investment for ships consisting of surface-to-surface missiles, ship guns, sea mines and torpedoes.”
According to the Finland’s Defence Minister, Jussi Niinistö, “It’s critical that Finland has a modern navy that is fit for purpose. The Baltic Sea has become a possible focal point for tension between East and West,”
“We are dealing with a more unpredictable Russia. Increased military cooperation with partners will also see the Navy more engaged in joint international exercises in the region, especially with our Nordic neighbours and NATO forces,” he added.
The Navy has already issued contracts to acquire the Israeli Gabriel missile system. The delivery of torpedoes is covered under a separate order placed with Saab.
“The contract for the Gabriel weapons was secured with competing bids from MBDA (EXOCET), Kongsberg (NSM), Boeing (Harpoon) and Saab (RBS15). Manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries will make deliveries on the agreement between 2019 and 2025,
“Saab will supply its new lightweight torpedo to the Finnish Navy’s midlife upgrade program for Hamina-class fast-attack craft. The on-ship system integration of the torpedoes is being carried out together with Patria, which is the lead contractor on the project,” reports have said.
The new system will take the place of the Navy’s current MTO85M because it will reach its lifecycle in the middle of 2020. The Navy therefore plans to install the SSM2020 Missile System on the new Squadron 2020 and the its Hamina-class missile vessels.
The four multirole corvettes, which are to be constructed in Finland, will replace the Finnish Navy’s ageing Rauma-class fast-attack missile boats and Hämeenmaa-class minelayers. Both are to be decommissioned after 2020.
The FDFC’s next major decision will be to decide which shipyard in Finland secures the contract to build the four naval corvettes.
Maj. Gen. Lauri Puranen, an adviser to the Squadron 2020 Program said “our objective is to enter into contracts for the shipbuilding side of the project, as well as the ships’ combat system, by the end of 2018.”
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