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Finnish Navy takes delivery of 2nd modernized Hamina-class missile boat.

| 2020

According to information published by the Finnish Navy on December 11, 2020, the second modernized version of Hamina-class missile boat has been delivered to the Finnish Navy. In 2018, Finish company Patria had signed an agreement with the Finnish Defence Forces on the mid-life upgrade and overhaul of the Finnish Defence Forces’ Hamina Class fast attack craft for an amount of €170 million.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Hamina-class missile boat. (Picture source Finnish Navy)

The contract was part of the Naval Capability Development Programme, based on which the overhaul of Hamina Class vessels will ensure continued naval defence capabilities in the period between the decommissioning of Rauma Class fast attack craft and the commissioning of Squadron 2020 corvettes during the 2020s.

The modernization of Hamina-class missile boat includes a number of sensor, weapon and communication systems, system upgrades, as well as ship technical modifications and overhauls. In addition to extending the lifecycle of the attack craft, their anti-submarine warfare capability is enhanced. Related to the new capabilities, Patria will equip the Hamina Class craft with its new, innovative ASW Training Target system, which enables flexible and cost-effective anti-submarine warfare training. Modernization of the four Hamina-class ships began in 2018 and will complete in 2021.

The Hamina-class is a fast attack craft of the Finnish Navy that was built in the late 1990s, early 2000s, and are the fourth generation of Finnish missile craft. The first vessel was ordered in December 1996 and the fourth was handed over by the Finnish Navy on 19 June 2006.

After the modernization, the Hamina-class is armed with one Bofors 40 mm Mk.4 dual-purpose gun, one Saab Trackfire remote weapon station with a 12,7mm machine gun, Gabriel Mk.5 anti-ship missile and torpedos Torped 45/47. The ship is also fitted with Saab 9LV combat management system, Kongsberg ST2400 towed sonar (from Rauma class), new TRS-3D phased array C-band radar and Saab Ceros 200 radar and optronic tracking fire control director.

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