Swedish combat boats loaned overseas
Published: 11 Oct 2010 09:22 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Oct 2010 09:22 GMT+02:00
The boats have been rebuilt so that they can be taken aboard major warships. The possibilities of military cooperation with the two countries is expected to increase as a result of the loan.
"It is a way for Sweden to be able to support military operations," Kristofer Gattberg, project manager at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk, FMV), told the TT news agency.
FMV has permitted the building of fast military assault craft, in the case the CB90 model. They can now be hoisted on board larger British and Dutch warships, required for departure to international efforts around the world. Over the next six months, the boats will be tested by the British and Dutch navies.
British and Dutch personnel, including divers, have already received training on a CB90 in Sweden. The boats are suitable for coastal operations and military purposes, such as for disasters or pirate and terrorist threats. They can be used to transport people, medical care, command location and a complete weapons system.
For Dockstavarvet, a shipyard that builds boats, the tests represent the opening up of possible export markets. Previously, the CB90 model has been exported to Mexico, Malaysia, Norway and Greece and is used for military or Coast Guard purposes.