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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: 3
Also Known As: Type A-19
Origin: Sweden
Corporations: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH
Parent System: Gotland
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: 3
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Description: The Gotland-class submarines are a follow-on VasterGotland-class (Type A-17) submarines being designed to perform a wide range of missions. They are powered by the Stirling air independent propulsion (AIP) system which improves the overall performance of non-nuclear submarines allowing them to remain submerged for longer periods of time. The Gotland submarines feature 4 533mm and 2 400mm torpedo tubes able to launch torpedoes, missile and mines.

In addition to the Stirling AIP system the Gotland submarines feature extreme shock resistance, low signatures, and a powerful combat system. They feature 4 control surfaces in X-configuration fitted at the stern and 2 at the sail providing excellent maneuverability.

The Swedish Navy ordered and commissioned three Gotland-class submarines in the 1990s. These submarines will perform anti-surface warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), mine laying, forward surveillance, and special operations missions.

In October 2004, it was made public that the US Navy was pursuing a long term lease agreement with Swedish government for one fully-equipped Gotland-class submarine that would be used for training purposes in the challenging coastal environment. The US Navy only operates large nuclear-powered submarines such as Virginia, Los Angeles and Sea Wolf classes. The conventionally-powered state-of-the-art Gotland-class submarine would assume aggressor roles during US naval exercises while performing in coastal environments. A 12-month leasing agreement between the United States of America and the Swedish government was confirmed in early November 2004. The final bilateral agreement was signed on March 21, 2005. The Swedish submarine Gotland Arrived San Diego in California on 27 June 2005. In June 2006, the Swedish government approved a US request allowing the HMS Gotland to extend its stay for a further 12-month.

In January 2006 the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) awarded Saab a contract for the supply of four SESUB 960 command and control systems to the Swedish Navy's Gotland and Sodermanland submarines. SESUB 960 were designed to provide network-based defense capabilities. In addition, the order also included improvements to the navigation system, sensor management and weapons handling as well as a crew training facility on land.

Gotland Specifications

Crew: 25
Number of Weapons: 20
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 6.20 meter (20.3 foot)
Length: 62 meter (203 foot)
Top Speed Submerged: 10.3 mps (20.0 knot)
Mission Endurance: 14 day
Displacement Submerged: 1,800 ton
Displacement Surfaced: 1,580 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Gotland News

There are 11 news between
5 Nov 2004 and 9 Jun 2020
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020Saab Lightweight Torpedo Passes First Round of Test Firings
Tuesday, October 23, 2018First Upgraded Gotland Class Submarine Enters Sea Trials
Wednesday, June 20, 2018Upgraded Gotland Submarine Enters Sea Trials
Wednesday, December 7, 2016Sweden Orders Torpedo Integration Systems for Type A26, Gotland and Visby Vessels
Thursday, December 10, 2015Swedish Navy Takes Delivery of Upgraded Gotland Submarine
Tuesday, June 30, 2015Swedish Navy Orders Two Type A26 and Two Upgraded Gotland Submarines
Monday, December 8, 2014Saab Awarded Order for A26 and Gotland-class Submarine Sensor Systems
Monday, June 9, 2014Swedish Navy Signs MoU Regarding MLU for Two Gotland Submarines and Next Generation Boats
Tuesday, March 9, 2010Northrop Grumman to Upgrade Navigation Systems on Swedish Navy Submarines
Thursday, June 11, 2009Sweden Orders Mark 3 Stirling Engines for Gotland and Vastergotland Submarines

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 31
Defensive Weapons
New Lightweight Torpedo
Torpedo 2000x16
Propulsion Systems
Stirling AIP
Protection Systems
AUV 62

Gotland Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
HMS Gotland-1996-
HMS Uppland-1997-
HMS Halland-1997-

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