The Visby corvette.
The Visby corvette.

USC has built more than 100 MCMVs in wood. The new MCMVs will be built to a Japanese design, based on the earlier vessels, but will use composites instead of wood for the hulls. USC has now also signed the first production contract.

Kockums is well known for its Visby Class corvette, a ‘stealth’ vessel which is built of carbon fibre reinforced plastic sandwich construction. The composite material provides high strength and rigidity, low weight, good shock resistance, low radar signature and low magnetic signature. It also reduces the structural weight of the hull by typically 50% of a conventional steel hull.This results in a higher payload carrying capability, higher speed or longer range.

“The project is positive for Kockums in several respects, and we are naturally proud to have been chosen,” states Kockums CEO Jan-Olof Johansson. “It is highly significant that such a professional customer, after exhaustive analysis, should choose the Kockums concept for its next-generation vessels. We look forward to successful cooperation with the company. It is an important export order for us.”