According to a statement from Saab, the overhaul includes the necessary measures to ensure the submarine's operational availability. One provision of the contract is to define future needs for maintenance, which could result in additional work being contracted separately during the period. This type of overhaul is conducted regularly, according to HMS Södermanland’s standard maintenance plan
Gunilla Fransson, Head of Business Area Security and Defense Solutions, said, “The order is further proof that Saab's capabilities in maintenance of submarines and surface vessels are relied upon. This work is an important element of Saab's operations and we are now working on several such maintenance projects.”
Work related to the order will be conducted during 2014-2016 at the Saab sites in Karlskrona and Malmö. Redelivery of HMS Södermanland is planned in mid-2016.