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Swedish Parliament approves CB-90 fast assault craft for Ukraine.

| Naval News Navy 2024

According to information published by the Swedish government on March 19, 2024, the Swedish Finance Committee has endorsed the government's proposal to donate defense materials and provide financial support to Ukraine.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Swedish CB-90 fast assault craft. (Picture source: Dockstavarvet)

The proposed aid package includes a variety of defense materials such as artillery ammunition, grenades, anti-tank missile systems, underwater weapons, and combat boats. Additionally, the donation will encompass medical equipment, medical transport vehicles, and food supplies. The Swedish Armed Forces are deemed capable of sparing these defense materials for a limited period without compromising national security.

Financial assistance is set to cover contributions to funds and numerous bilateral and multilateral donation projects initiated by EU and NATO countries aimed at supporting Ukraine. This aid also includes executing training missions and security measures in Ukraine to enhance the country's defensive capabilities.

About the combat boats

The CB90-class fast assault craft has a displacement range from 13,000 kg empty to 20,500 kg at full load. Its overall length is 15.9 meters, with a waterline length of 14.9 meters and a beam of 3.8 meters. The draught is 0.8 meters.

It uses two Scania DSI14 V8 diesel engines and two Kamewa FF water jets for propulsion, reaching speeds up to 40 knots and a range of 240 nautical miles at 20 knots. The crew consists of three members and can carry up to 21 amphibious troops. Its armament includes three Browning M2HB machine guns, a Mk 19 grenade launcher, and either 4 naval mines or 6 depth charges. The CB90 HSM variant is equipped with a Saab Trackfire Remote Weapon Station.

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