Celsius gets order for two vessels to Swedish Coast Guard

Order for two new vessels to Swedish Coast Guard Celsius' business unit Kockums Naval Systems has received an order for two KBV 201 "multi-role" vessels for the Swedish Coast Guard. The order is estimated to be worth approximately SEK 240 M. The vessels will be built in Karlskrona, Sweden. The Swedish Coast Guard, together with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, has specified this class of vessel and is responsible for project planning and procurement. Kockums Naval Systems will design, build and deliver them. A new type of multi-role vessel, their primary mission will be year-round surveillance, focused on controlling Swedish territorial waters. The vessels will also be designed to conduct advanced environmental protection. The vessels will be built of steel. They are 52 metres long, 8.6 metres in the beam, with a draught of 4.6 metres. They will have an estimated maximum speed of 20 knots. The first vessel will be delivered in mid-2000, the second a year later. For further information, please contact Kjell Göthe, Vice President/Group Communications at Celsius, on + 46 (0)8 - 463 00 19 or + 46 (0)70 - 583 95 44 (mobile). Celsius is an advanced-technology international industrial group, with domestic markets in the Nordic countries, the U.S.A. and Australia. Firmly founded on a comprehensive joint technological base, operations focus primarily on three priority areas: Defence, Commercial Aviation Services and Business Development, which currently comprises Materials Technology, Explosives and Infomatics. With annual sales of approximately SEK 12 billion, the Celsius Group numbers some 11,000 employees. ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit http://www.bit.se for further information The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1999/01/22/19990122BIT00030/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/1999/01/22/19990122BIT00030/bit0002.pdf