Saab Selects Nauta for Swedish Navy’s SIGNIT Ship
STOCKHOLM — Swedish defense and security company Saab has selected the Polish Nauta Shiprepair Yard based in Gdynia, a part of Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa or PGZ), to build the ship platform for the special-purpose signal intelligence (SIGINT) vessel for the Swedish Navy, Saab announced April 26.
Saab and the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) signed a contract for design, construction and delivery of a Special Purpose Ship April 11. The order covers the period 2017–2020, with a total value of 730 million Swedish krona ($83 million).
The ship platform will be constructed, launched and tested at the Polish shipyard Nauta in Gdynia. The ship will then sail to Saab’s shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden, for fitting of the SIGINT equipment and final Sea Acceptance Test (SAT). Nauta has a long experience of shipbuilding and represents a good strategic and geographic fit for Saab’s business expansion in the naval domain.
The contract is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Saab and PGZ, the biggest Polish defense company, that was signed in October.
For the Nauta Shiprepair Yard, participation in construction of this ship will represent an opportunity for further dynamic growth by increasing its shipbuilding portfolio, not only on the domestic arena.
“At Nauta, we have access to a skilled workforce, needed infrastructure and have accumulated long-term experience in maritime projects. We are a company which is experiencing dynamic growth, places emphasis on innovation, and has forged ahead with adoption of new technology — we are very well prepared to participate in a project like the production of a special purpose vessel,” said Slawomir Latos, the chairman of the Nauta Shiprepair Yard.
“I am very pleased how we have turned the initial intentions in the MoU into a tangible business with PGZ. Special-purpose ships of this kind require both high availability and reliability. In Nauta, we have found a partner who can contribute in delivering a modern solution to our customer,” said Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab business area Kockums.