Navantia press release
Now, Navantia will participate in the Viability Phase in order to propose a design that further adjusts to the requirements of the Armaments Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of Defence. The final decision on the contractor is expected in 2022.
The offer presented by Navantia is based on the design of the F-100, in service for the Spanish Navy, which has been the starting point for successful export contracts to Norway and Australia.
The Miecznik program launched by the Polish Government envisages the construction of three multi-mission frigates at the local PGZ shipyard in Gdynia through a Technology Transfer (ToT) contract with an international company, a business model in which Navantia has a robust experience.
Navantia has long track in the design and construction of a wide range of frigates, with proven flexibility, therefore, to suit the needs of the Polish Navy.
The company has also proved its ability to efficiently execute different models of ToT programs that have helped develop local capabilities in shipbuilding and life cycle support. It is a business model of high added value in which Navantia has success stories through its contracts in Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Australia.
“Navantia is ready to have a local presence in Poland in order to support the construction and sustainment of the ships. We are proud to offer the Polish Navy a collaboration model that has proven to be of mutual benefit and that will allow Poland, a friend and ally, to have a highly technological naval defense capability, proven both by the Spanish Navy and by other international clients”.Commercial and Business Development Director of Navantia, Javier Herrador.
The Miecznik program for the construction of frigates is part of an ambitious plan launched by the Polish Government to modernize its Armed Forces with an investment of 115 billion euros until 2035.
Naval News comments
For record, an agreement was signed between the Armament Inspectorate and the Consortium PGZ-Miecznik for the delivery of three frigates for the Polish Navy within the program “Miecznik” on July 27, 2021.
At this occasion, the Polish Minister of Defence said: “These ships will be produced in Poland by a consortium. I said that I expect that the process of building these ships will be as fast, as efficient as in the case of the mine destroyers ‘Kormoran'”.
The program of acquiring new frigate class vessels for the Navy under the codename “Miecznik” is one of the projects of Technical Modernization Plan 2021-35.
The Minister detailed the work plan regarding the frigate acquisition program.
“By the end of November three conceptual projects will be prepared by the consortium. Then, no later than at the turn of this year and next year the best of the three concepts will be selected. As far as military requirements and costs are concerned, of course. Then, the consortium will start work on the technical design and later on the construction of the first ship. According to the adopted schedule, we want the first ship to be launched within four years.”Minister of National Defence,Mariusz Blaszczak.