The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has authorised the Finnish Defence Force’s Logistic Command to proceed with an acquisition of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Gabriel anti-ship missile to equip the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Hamina-class missile fast attack craft and future Squadron 2020 Class multirole corvettes.
The Gabriel surface-to-surface missile (SSM) – to be designated SSM2020 in Finnish Navy service – will replace the current MT085M (Saab RBS-15 SF) anti-ship missile when it reaches its end of life service in the early 2020s. Information on this Gabriel variant, however, was not disclosed.
IAI is understood to be developing a new Gabriel variant – the Gabriel V advanced naval attack missile – equipped with a new active radar seeker and designed to operate in congested naval environments and to defeat sophisticated hard and soft kill naval defence systems but further information has not been disclosed.
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