Göteborg-class corvette

The Göteborg class is a class of corvettes in the Swedish Navy, built between 1986 and 1993. The class was originally designed to destroy Soviet submarines and surface vessels, and is armed with eight RBS-15 anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, one 57 mm cannon and one 40 mm cannon.

HSwMS Gävle (K22) in Visby harbour in 2006.
Class overview
Name: Göteborg class
Builders: Karlskronavarvet AB
Operators:  Swedish Navy
Preceded by: Stockholm class
Succeeded by: Visby class
In commission: 13 April 1989
Planned: 6
Completed: 4
Cancelled: 2
Active: 2
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 380/425 tonnes
Length: 57 m (187 ft 0 in)
Beam: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
Draft: 2 m (6 ft 7 in)
  • 3 × MTU diesel engines at 2,560 kW (3,430 hp)/each
  • Water jet propulsion system[1]
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range: 3,704 km (2,000 nmi; 2,302 mi)
  • 23 officers
  • 18 seamen
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Sea Giraffe 150 HC radar
  • PN621 navigation radar
  • 2 × fire control radar sights (SAAB)
  • CS-3701
  • Simrad SS 304 Spira HMS (hull-mounted sonar)
  • STN Atlas Elektronik TAS (towed array sonar)
  • Thales TSM 2643 Salmon VDS (variable depth sonar) (former)
  • Kongsberg ST2400 VDS (variable depth sonar) (after upgrade)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Rheinmetall TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System)

Six corvettes were planned, but following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the final two were cancelled. Two Göteborg-class corvettes remain in service today, and are active in international military and humanitarian operations. Both vessels, HSwMS Gävle and HSwMS Sundsvall, took part in a United Nations operation off the coast of Lebanon in 2006 and 2007, following the 2006 Lebanon War.

HSwMS Sundsvall and HSwMS Gävle will receive modification in 2019-2020. After the modification the corvettes will be named Gävle class.[2]

The Gävle class will itself be replaced by a new class of corvetts starting from 2026.[3]


A lateral diagram of HSwMS Göteborg
Bow number Ship name Laid down Launched Commissioned Service Status
K21 HSwMS Göteborg 10 February 1986 13 April 1989 15 February 1990 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla Decommissioned/mothballed
K22 HSwMS Gävle 12 January 1987 23 March 1990 17 September 1990 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla Active
K23 HSwMS Kalmar 21 September 1988 1 November 1990 1 September 1991 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla Decommissioned/mothballed
K24 HSwMS Sundsvall March 1989 29 November 1991 7 June 1993 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla Active
K25 HSwMS Helsingborg Cancelled
K26 HSwMS Härnösand


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