The Gotland Class Submarine
Submerged for several weeks
World's first submarine designed for AIP
The Gotland Class - one of the world's most modern conventional submarines. It is designed and built to meet all possible submarine missions: anti-shipping operations, ASW-missions, forward surveil-lance, special operations and mine-laying tasks. The Gotland Class can carry a powerful array of wireguided and homing weapons, including newly developed multipurpose homing torpedoes, missiles and mines.
Unique AIP system
The Gotland was the world's first submarine class in operation with an air independent propulsion (AIP) system. The Stirling AIP system, combined with a number of unique features including overall low signatures, extreme shock resistance and a powerful combat system, provides the ultimate in non-nuclear submarine technology.
Three submarines of the Gotland class, HMS Gotland, HMS Uppland and HMS Halland are now in service with the Royal Swedish Navy.
The Gotland Class combat system and sensor suite are carefully selected for submarine warfare of today and for the future. Detection, identification, weapon launching and control are performed by the combat system at distances well beyond the horizon.
On board, the complete suite of equipment incorporates the latest of technologies. There is, for example, an innovative, newly developed sonar and fire control system incorporating powerful new means for target motion analysis for the determination of target course, speed and position.
The combat system integrates data processing with weapon control. All types of sensors, navigation and weapon control equipment, integrating consoles and tactical programmes are included in the system.
In the submarine production area, Kockums pioneered the modular construction concept, which is today widely used by submarine manufacturers. Kockums has refined this technique over the years and is today launching submarines, which are virtually completely outfitted and pre-tested.
The use of automation and remote control has resulted in crew of only 25. For instance, only one operator is needed to steer the submarine in depth and course. When ordered the steering will be done by computer. The small crew has had a very favourable impact on accommodation standards and operating costs.
Page updated Tuesday, October 26, 2010.
HMS Gotland in the US
HMS Gotland and its crew on a 2-years lease with the US Navy.
Read more on subject "Gotland in the US" at the US Navy official web site.
HMS Gotland on NBC4
YouTube film-clip about the HMS Gotland submarine and crew in training with the US Navy at Point Loma, San Diego.
Kockums submarine brochure
Download Kockums submarine brochure in pdf format here.