Poland Navy Frigate Programme: The offer submitted by Navantia to the Polish Ministry of Defence to build three frigates in a Technology Transfer (ToT) program has been selected in a ‘short list’ along with two other finalists, the Spanish shipbuilder said on Friday.
According to Navantia, now it 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 made 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,” said Javier Herrador Commercial and Business Development Director of Navantia said in a statement sent to Defence Star.
Herrador said the company has offered the Polish Navy a collaboration model that has proven to be of mutual benefit and that will allow the country to have a highly technological naval defense capability, proven both by the Spanish Navy and by other international clients.
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.