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02:38 PM, September 7, 2015

Poland may join Norway or the Netherlands to buy submarines instead of buying them alone to cut costs.

Polish ministry of defense had plans of buying three submarines at an estimated cost of US $2 billion at the start of the year. The submarines were to be delivered by 2020-25. Poland later decided to change the specifics of the contract to arm the fleet with maneuvering missiles.

"We are considering obtaining submarines, for instance together with Norway or the Netherlands. From the point of view of the procedure and how we do it - whether in one or two proceedings - will depend on if we buy the submarines alone or as a joint project of two or more NATO members,” Deputy Defense Minister Czeslaw Mroczek was quoted as saying to state news agency by Reuters Sunday.

Spain's Navantia, Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, France's DCNS, and Sweden's Saab are among the companies due to take part in the talks. A joint application was also filed by two other Swedish concerns (FMV Consortium and Cockums), as well as individual bids by French company Thales, Norway's Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS, and Poland's Kenbit last year.

Asked to comment on the deputy minister's announcement, Dutch Defense Ministry spokeswoman Lisa Hartog said the Dutch government was in talks with countries that it cooperates with on naval strategy on replacing its "Walrus" class submarines in the coming years.

"What we're going to be doing, in concrete terms, will only be decided toward the end of this year," Hartog told Reuters.

The Norwegian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Marita Wangberg said Poland could potentially qualify as a partner in the purchase of submarines.

"A future acquisition is yet to be decided, but as part of the process, cooperation with other countries is being assessed. In such cases Poland can be a relevant candidate," Wangberg said.

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