According to its own information, the defense company Saab has received another order from the Swedish Defense Material Authority (FMV) for the development and production of the two A26 or Blekinge class submarines that have already been ordered. As Saab also reports, the order, worth around 510 million euros (5.2 billion SEK), also includes a previously unintended expansion of capabilities. However, the group did not provide any details. According to the announcement, the two boats HMS “Blekinge” and HMS “Skåne” will be delivered in 2027 and 2028. In 2019, the delivery dates were still given as 2024 and 2025.
The submarine program was launched in 2015. A Blekinge class boat is 65 m long and displaces around 2,000 tons. The external air-independent Stirling drive (Stirling AIP) is intended to enable 18 days of autonomy under water. In addition to the standard crew of 26 seafarers, nine additional people can be accommodated. The construction and development costs were put at 8.2 billion SEK in 2015 (around 800 million euros based on current information).
Saab offers the A26 submarines in three versions. In shipyard terminology, they are classified as pelagic, oceanic, and extended-range oceanic. With the larger boats, Saab is applying for the successor to the Walrus class in the Netherlands.