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Bulgaria’s new patrol vessels to feature Saab combat systems

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Illustration: Lürssen file photo of an offshore patrol vessel design

The Bulgarian Navy’s new multipurpose modular patrol vessels that are being built by German shipbuilder Lürssen will be equipped with Saab’s combat systems, the Swedish company has announced.

Saab announced the contract with Lürssen on December 8, without revealing much details about the system specifications. The company’s 9LV system, however, offers complete C4I for all types of naval platforms, ranging from combat and patrol boats, frigates and large through-deck ships to submarines and vessels for anti-piracy, security and surveillance.

“We are proud to continue our successful cooperation with Lürssen. We look forward to contributing to strengthen Bulgaria’s defense and national security for years to come with our proven technology and solid naval combat system expertise”, Anders Carp, deputy CEO of Saab and head of business area Surveillance.

The two patrol vessels that Lürssen is building are scheduled for delivery between 2025 and 2026. They will be built by Bulgarian shipyard MTG Dolphin JSC with guidance from the German shipbuilder.

According to the Bulgarian defense ministry, the contract for the two patrol vessels and associated training and support is worth around $609 million.