What are modern Corvettes worth?

During the Second World War, corvettes were ships of limited tonnage, 1000 tons for the very prolific Flower class of the Royal Navy, intended to escort convoys against underwater threats and secure the coasts. Over the years, corvettes disappeared from the majority of large modern navies, replaced by heavier and more versatile frigates or less expensive missile patrol boats, while the threat on the coasts faded and that anti-submarine warfare needs were dealt with more by the submarines themselves, and maritime patrol aircraft. However, in recent years,…

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For Sweden, NATO is not the only solution to defend Europe

Like Finland, Sweden has been firmly committed to its neutral posture since the end of the Second World War. Despite the proximity of first Soviet and then Russian forces, and the many tensions that have marred its history over the past decades, Stockholm has always tried to maintain a position that is certainly European, but open to the 'Is, while maintaining a remarkable defensive capacity for a country of only 10 million souls. However, the temptation is great, for certain Swedish political leaders, to get closer to NATO, and why not to join the Alliance, to align themselves with their neighbors and partners...

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Sweden wants to increase its defense budget by 40% by 2025

Like many European countries, Sweden had heavily reduced its defense investments following the collapse of the Soviet bloc, dropping from 2,57% of its GDP in 1990 to just 1% in 2015. , increased from 65.000 men to 16.000 in 2012. With the rise of Russian military power from 2010, and especially the annexation of Crimea which played the role of trigger in public opinion and the Swedish political class, the country began the reconstruction of its Defense tool, notably reducing the strength of its armies to 30.000 soldiers from 2014,…

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SAAB's new lightweight torpedo is set to revolutionize coastal anti-submarine warfare

Last week, Sweden's SAAB announced that it had fired its new SLWT (Saab Lightweight Torpedo) torpedo for the first time, both from a Visby corvette and from a Swedish Navy Gotland-class submarine. Called Torped 47 in the Swedish Navy, the SLWT has already been exported to Finland. The torpedo should be operational on surface ships at the end of 2022, and in early 2023 on Swedish submarines. Subsequently, Saab hopes to be able to sell its new torpedo to other countries in the Baltic Sea region, but also in Asia-Pacific where certain coastal navies…

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Sweden re-activates naval bunkers against Russian threat

The strengthening of Russian military capabilities is taken very seriously by the Swedish authorities, as is the case, moreover, for the majority of Scandinavian countries or bordering the Baltic Sea. Although a member of the European Union, Sweden, like Finland, is a country which defines itself as neutral, and which, in fact, does not belong to NATO. But, like Helsinki, Stockholm is aware of the country's strategic position for control of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, and that the country therefore represents a prime target for Russian forces should a conflict arise with the NATO. This is…

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