Saab looking to team up with Belgian industry for its Mine Counter Measure Vessels offer to Belgian and Dutch Navies

Saab is pleased to announce that it is currently conducting an industry roadshow in Belgium to meet companies active in the high-tech defence and maritime industry. As a candidate for the replacement of the Mine Counter Measure Vessels (“MCMVs”) of the Belgian and Dutch Navies, Saab’s intention is to cooperate with local industry to offer a MCMV solution built, operated and maintained in Belgium.

By addressing the Belgian industry directly, Saab has identified reliable partnership opportunities to be integrated in the MCMV value chain aiming for maintenance autonomy and, therefore, essential security interest protection of Belgium during the ships’ full life cycle which spans over 40 years. 

During this five-day industrial tour, Saab specialists in the fields of naval architecture, ship assembly, software and communication are to meet with a range of different companies active in shipbuilding, designing, maritime construction and assembly, IT and maritime supplies across Belgium’s three regions. Saab is currently considering the possibility of assembling the ships in Belgium and developing long-term partnerships with knowledgeable Belgian companies. 

With established expertise in low-signature, composite vessels, Saab advocates its benefits in terms of operational safety and lower life cycle cost, as confirmed by extensive material tests and over 40 years of ship service. Teaming up with Belgian industrial players active in the field of composite material would also guarantee manufacturing in Belgium and bring significant development potential locally. 

Henrik Vassallo, Vice President and Head of France and Benelux, said: “As part of its activities, Saab designs, builds and maintains world-class naval solutions. Thanks to its comprehensive technology portfolio, Saab is the only naval defence manufacturer that has the capacity to offer both shipbuilding and toolbox integration for a complete MCMV solution. It positions Saab as a reliable European partner in mine warfare and as a strong candidate for the replacement of the Belgian and Dutch mine hunting capacity.” 

Over the years, Saab has built its success on mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with local players in the countries it operates in. These partnerships have led to the construction of ships and submarines in, for example, Australia, Japan and Singapore. Saab’s proven track record in industrial cooperation, including for other MCMV programs, has led to significant transfer of technology and job creation, leading to industrial growth and state-of-the-art operational capabilities. 

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