Squadron 2020 is the Navy’s project that aims at replacing the seven vessels the Navy will decommission. These will be replaced by four modern corvettes.
As a vital part of naval defence, the new vessels will repel attacks from the sea and secure important assets at sea and in the archipelago.
The Squadron 2020 project started in 2015 and the construction of the new vessels is scheduled to start in 2022. The new vessels are projected to be completed by 2028.
The preparations for replacing the vessels scheduled to be decommissioned have been made in the long-term planning of the Defence Forces. Determined research and development work on the Squadron 2020 project started already in 2008.
In line with Prime Minister Sipilä’s Government Programme, the Government will decide on the replacement of the Navy's combat vessel capability.
In line with the Government Programme, the Defence Forces received a mandate on 29.5.2015 from Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö to launch the Squadron 2020 project.
The Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command received responses to the Requests for Information on the vessels’ combat system from about 80 Finnish and foreign suppliers.
The Defence Forces and Rauma Marine Constructions Oy sign an MoU on the construction of four multi-role corvettes at the Rauma shipyard.
Requests are sent to 12 domestic and foreign companies to participate in tendering for the delivery of a combat system for the vessels.
“The Navy’s vessel project and the Air Force’s fighter programme, which replace the capabilities to be decommissioned, are indispensable strategic programmes for the defence of Finland.”
A contract is signed with Rauma Marine Constructions Oy on the design of four multi-role corvettes.
An invitation to negotiations and a preliminary invitation to tender are sent to three supplier candidates among the 12 companies.
Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), defining the main principles and preconditions for the construction of the Squadron 2020 corvettes.
At its plenary session on 19 September 2019, the Government authorised the Defence Forces Logistics Command to make a contract on the procurement of Pohjanmaa-class vessels and a combat system for the Navy.
The timeline for the construction phase is 2022-2025 and a full operational capability will be achieved by the mid-2020s.
A multi-role corvette is an effective surface combatant with the ability for year-round presence at sea. Read more about the Squadron 2020 project and the new vessels!
The Squadron 2020 project started in 2015 and the construction of the vessels is scheduled to start in 2019. The new vessels are projected to be completed by 2027. Read more about the timeline!