DSEI 2021: Saab displays New Combat Boat 90 Next Generation

According to a press release published by Saab on August 31, 2021, the Swedish firm demonstrates for the first time outside of Sweden a new generation of the Combat Boat 90 (CB90) fast assault craft. It shows from 14-17 September at the DSEI exhibition in London, where visitors have the opportunity to go aboard to learn more about its new capabilities.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 CB90 Next Generation fast assault craft (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

This CB90 Next Generation (CB90 NG) features new capabilities as well as many of the features that the original CB90 is famous for. Designed to swiftly transport marines and other forces, CB90 is renowned for the ease by which troops can rapidly get on shore and depart again, be it a beach or an awkward, elevated rocky shore. CB90 NG builds on that capability and, depending on the mission, can take on different roles in the sensor and combat chain.

CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, as well as further improved stealth, maneuverability and speed. By providing amphibious forces with multi-mission capabilities, CB90 NG is an even more potent means by which to project force from the sea.

CB90 Next Generation will be put on display as part of the twice-daily DSEI waterborne demonstrations outside the main hall. Saab welcomes visitors to come along to where the craft will be docked at the marina section outside the main hall to see CB90 NG for themselves.

The example of CB90 NG to be shown at DSEI was recently delivered to the Swedish Navy, with the designation Docksta CB 90HSM.

The fast, all-aluminum CB90 Next Generation can effortlessly carry multiple troops and cargo, in shallow or open waters, whilst maintaining
incredible speeds and maneuverability.

The craft offers supreme CBRN and ballistic protection thanks to lightweight polyethylene lining and safety glass. A robust weapons platform can include stabilized turntables, smaller missile systems, and remote weapon stations like Saab Trackfire, whilst a versatile and tough interior, combined with a strong bow ramp, ensures swift deployment onto unprepared beaches.