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15 Sep 2022

Patria delivers last upgraded Hamina-class craft to Finnish Navy

Patria delivers last upgraded Hamina-class craft to Finnish Navy
Originally posted on Naval Technology

Patria has handed over the fourth and last modernised Hamina-class fast attack missile boat, Pori, to The Finnish Navy in Upinniemi, Finland.

The newly delivered vessel had already completed its sea acceptance trials (SAT) prior to its commissioning. The SAT was conducted earlier this year, from spring until summer.

The company is under contract to provide mid-life upgrade (MLU ) support for all the Hamina-class vessels.

Patria was the prime contractor, lead system integrator and designer for this MLU contract awarded in 2017.

Associated work on all four vessels was carried out between 2018 and 2022.

Work included the installation of new torpedo and surface-to-surface missile systems, along with the upgradation of the surface-to-air missile systems.

This capability will now allow the four vessels to counter threats in the air, on the surface, and underwater.

This large-scale programme intended to provide new and improved capabilities to The Finnish Navy to counter advanced maritime threats and attacks at sea.

The overhaul has further ensured that the navy can protect the nation’s sea lines as well as monitor and secure territorial integrity.

Furthermore, the planned life cycle of the Hamina-class missile boats has now been extended to 2030, along with the required lifecycle update support.

Patria Finland Division Navy business area leader Veli-Pekka Heinonen said: “The modernisation and MLU of Hamina-Class illustrate well Patria’s advanced system integration capability.

“In addition to overhaul and life cycle extension, one of the main goals in Hamina-Class modernisation has been the development of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) performance.

“As part of the new capabilities, Patria supplied the Hamina-Class ships with the new innovative training target system it has developed, which enables ASW training in a flexible and the most cost-effective way.”

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