Finland’s Hamina-class MLU will include torpedo re-introduction for navy


Key Points

  • Finland’s Hamina-class FAC will receive a torpedo fit as part of a planned MLU
  • The addition of a torpedo capability underlines Helsinki’s increasing focus on underwater security

The Finnish Navy’s four Hamina-class missile-capable fast attack craft (FAC) will receive a torpedo fit as part of an overall mid-life upgrade (MLU) programme that will run between 2019 and 2021.

The Finnish Navy's Hamina-class FAC FNS Pori. The four ships-in-class will receive an MLU, including a torpedo fit, over the 2019-21 timeframe. (John Pagni)The Finnish Navy’s Hamina-class FAC FNS Pori. The four ships-in-class will receive an MLU, including a torpedo fit, over the 2019-21 timeframe. (John Pagni)

The addition of a torpedo will see the capability return to the Finnish Navy for the first time since the Second World War. Since that time, mines and missiles have made up the bulk of the navy’s capabilities.

The MLU work will be conducted under what is known as the ‘Squadron 2000’ (‘SQ 2000’ or ‘Laivue 2020’) upgrade programme.



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