Sweden Begins Life Extension Program for Trossbat Tactical Light Cable Boats

The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) has announced a life extension program for the Trossbat light cable boats of the armed forces’ amphibious units.

The program is part of the Stockholms’ effort to upgrade the mobility and logistics capabilities of the fleet in service since the late 1990s.

For the upgrades, the Trossbats will receive new navigation systems, weapon installation expansions, and a 1-meter (3.2-foot) overall length extension for operational safety.

The vessels will also receive new main engines, power units, and beam drive units, as well as a revamped wheelhouse for improved maneuvers and combat management.

FMV is expected to deliver 16 modified light cable boats to the warfighters over the next three years.

“The life-extended rope boat increases the units’ mobility through an increased maximum and marching speed, and has a longer range as the fuel combustion becomes more efficient,” FMV Project Manager Camilla Wallentinsson explained.

“Think we have found a good process for our collaboration with the amphibious units, where we can together translate their needs and requirements into cost-effective.”

The Trossbat Rope Boats

The Trossbat utilizes water jet propulsion to maintain ammunition, water, and good supplies between warfighters and corresponding vehicles in shallow waters and areas close to land.

It is also fitted with ropes for enhanced functionality and raised raft parts to amplify firepower.

The vessel is also integrated with future-proof weapon mounts compatible with existing and future guns and grenade launchers.

Additional features of the ship include handling and deploying sea mines and surface bombs.

Other than its primary logistics coverage, the Trossbat can be configured to carry larger containers and amphibious vehicles.

Moreover, the boat can be used as a medical evacuation platform to support tactical paramedics, nurses, and doctors.

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