Squadron 2020

What?

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.

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Why?

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.

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When?

The Squadron 2020 project started in 2015 and the construction of the new vessels is scheduled to start in 2019. The new vessels are projected to be completed by 2027.

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Squadron 2020 Timeline

  1. Research and development work for the Squadron 2020 project starts

    From 2008 onwards

    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.

  2. Squadron 2020 project entered in the Government Programme

    29 May 2015

    In line with Prime Minister Sipilä’s Government Programme, the Government will decide on the replacement of the Navy's combat vessel capability.

  3. Squadron 2020 project is launched

    25 September 2015

    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.

  4. Squadron 2020: responses to the request for information received

    16 April 2016

    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.

  5. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is signed with Rauma Marine Constructions Oy

    14 September 2016

    The Defence Forces and Rauma Marine Constructions Oy sign an MoU on the construction of four multi-role corvettes at the Rauma shipyard.

  6. Requests are sent to 12 companies to participate in tendering for the delivery of a combat system

    19 December 2016

    Requests are sent to 12 domestic and foreign companies to participate in tendering for the delivery of a combat system for the vessels.

  7. Government's Defence Report lends strong support to the Squadron 2020 project

    16 February 2017

    “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.”

  8. Design contract on four multi-role corvettes

    7 April 2017

    A contract is signed with Rauma Marine Constructions Oy on the design of four multi-role corvettes.

  9. Preliminary invitation to tender on the combat system is sent

    13 June 2017

    An invitation to negotiations and a preliminary invitation to tender are sent to three supplier candidates among the 12 companies.

  10. Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions

    2018

    Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), defining the main principles and preconditions for the construction of the Squadron 2020 corvettes.

  11. Construction and procurement contracts will be signed

    2018-2019

    A construction contract and a procurement contract will be signed in 2018 or early 2019. The parliament decided on the funding under its budgetary authority.

  12. Building and introduction of the vessels

    Years 2019-2027

    The timeline for the construction phase is 2019-2024 and a full operational capability will be achieved by the mid-2020s.