Monday, 20 June 2016 20:08
At the Balt Military Expo 2016 naval defense exposition currently underway in Gdansk, Poland, Swedish company Saab is showcasing a model of the A26 submarine. According to Saab, the Kockums A26 is a unique submarine with proven modular design, silent long-endurance submerged performance and excellent manoeuvrability in all waters.
Kockums A26 on Saab stand during Balt Military Expo 2016 in Gdansk, Poland.
Saab received a contract last year to construct, verify and deliver two new Type A26 submarines for the Swedish Navy to a total order value of SEK7.6 billion ($920 million, €825 million). Deliveries will start in 2022 and be finalized in 2024.
Kockums A26 will be powered by conventional diesel-electric propulsion machinery, and equipped with fully integrated Kockums Stirling AIP systems (air-independent propulsion). The submarine will have optimised and balanced underwater signature properties, which will make A26 submarine extremely stealthy and very difficult to detect.
Kockums A26 on Saab stand during Balt Military Expo 2016 in Gdansk, Poland. Note the double eagle coming out of the submarine’s nose.
Saab’s A26 uses the latest stealth technology and advanced tactical communication to allow submarines to integrate their communications with those of other defence forces and civilian agencies. Operational flexibility, together with a comprehensive weapons suite, enables it to carry out a wide variety of missions.
Kockums A26 submarine is designed for the following missions:
» Maritime security operations, including detecting and responding appropriately against illegal activities
» Intelligence operations, covert in hostile areas, including acoustic, visual, electronic and communication intelligence, which may entail deployment of unmanned maritime vehicles
» Covert mine countermeasure operations, including mine searching and clearance using unmanned underwater vehicles
» Special operations by carrying, deploying and retrieving special forces along with equipment and underwater vehicles
» Anti-submarine warfare by searching, locating and classifying approaching and attacking submarines, and by countering other submarines
» Anti-surface warfare where both internal sensor data and/or external target information is used
» Mine-laying in covert mode
» Underwater work such as manipulating, deploying, retrieving or destroying underwater objects and installations
Kockums A26: Details