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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.

Anders Hellman, vice-president and head of the Saab Kockums Docksta business unit that builds the boat, said the upgraded CB90 NG incorporates 30 years of user experience, resulting in “a new platform ready to take on multiple roles”. Whereas older CB90s are used for the rapid deployment of troops ashore, the CB90 NG is designed for conducting combat from the boat.

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