Umoe Mandal, Kongsberg to Cooperate on Life Extension of Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold-Class Corvettes

 In Europe, Defense, Sea, Air, Forces & Capabilities, Norway

Umoe Mandal AS and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace have agreed to coop­er­ate on the life time exten­sion of Royal Norwegian Navy’s Skjold-class coastal corvettes.

On May 29th, the Norwegian Government pre­sent­ed a pro­pos­al to speed up the life time exten­sion of the coastal corvettes. This is an ini­tia­tive that will enable increased activ­i­ty in the Norwegian mar­itime indus­try.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with a sig­nif­i­cant number of sup­pli­ers from the Norwegian mar­itime indus­try, UMOE and KONGSBERG offers modern tech­nol­o­gy to increase mil­i­tary capa­bil­i­ties, and a more sus­tain­able and cost effi­cient oper­a­tion of the vessel. The life time exten­sion of the coastal corvettes will take place at the ship yard in Mandal, Norway in close coop­er­a­tion with KONGSBERG and other sup­pli­ers.

“This life time exten­sion project con­firms our close and long-term col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Norwegian Armed Forces, and main­tains the unique capa­bil­i­ties of the ves­sels. This project will also secure employ­ment in a demand­ing time for the indus­try”, says Tom Svennevig, CEO of Umoe Mandal.

Umoe Mandal has con­struct­ed and build the Skjold-class coastal corvettes for the Norwegian Armed Forces, and KONGSBERG has been a key sup­pli­er of the combat system, and the inte­gra­tion of sub-sys­tems.

“We wel­come the government’s pro­pos­al to speed up the Skjold-Class upgrade, and con­sid­er this to be an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the Norwegian defence indus­try in these chal­leng­ing times. We look for­ward to this col­lab­o­ra­tion that chal­lenges us to find effi­cient solu­tions and devel­op tech­nol­o­gy that will have a pos­i­tive impact on our nation’s defence capa­bil­i­ties. We also see this as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to main­tain and secure employ­ment in the Norwegian indus­try”, says Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.

Skjold-Class Corvettes

Skjold-class corvettes (skjold means “shield” in Norwegian) are a class of six large, super­fast, stealth mis­sile corvettes in ser­vice with the Royal Norwegian Navy.

The boats were for­mer­ly classed as MTBs (motor tor­pe­do boats) but, from 2009, the Royal Norwegian Navy has described them as corvettes (korvett) because their sea­wor­thi­ness is seen as com­pa­ra­ble to corvettes, and because they do not carry tor­pe­does.

With a max­i­mum speed of 60 knots (110 km/h), the Skjold-class corvettes were the fastest combat ships afloat at the time of their intro­duc­tion.

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