Poland has placed an order to build three new mine countermeasure ships and complete one long-stalled patrol vessel.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who was present at the signing of the two contracts, said the procurements contribute to safeguarding the future of the Polish Navy. Tusk also said that, with the latest contracts, his government aims to stimulate the country’s shipbuilding industry, which has been struggling to stay afloat over the past years.
“The Polish Navy will receive [ships] that it will not have to be ashamed of ... and also Polish shipbuilders and cooperating shipyards will preserve their jobs,” Tusk told local news agency PAP. The vessels are scheduled to be completed in 2016.
The vessels will be jointly built by a Polish consortium led by the Naval Shipyard in Gdynia and Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk. Work on the patrol vessel, the Slazak, was started in 2001 but construction was still not complete a decade later. Initially, the ship was designed as a corvette. The new contract will allow the Polish shipyards to complete the project.
As part of the presence at Polands MSPO defense industry exhibition being held September 2-5 in Kielce, Eurocopter has brought for a second time the EC725 Caracal helicopter. The Caracal is proposed for Polands acquisition of 70 multi-role helicopters, with Eurocopter and Turbomeca (Safran) signing industrial cooperation agreements that include the creation of full assembly lines in Poland for the Caracal and its Makila 2 turboshaft engines
The Polish MoD is planning to purchase 70 helicopters under a contract which is expected to be settled by next year. The ministry is hoping for the first deliveries to begin in the year 2016
Poland recently signed an agreement with Finnish company Patria Land Systems to extend a contract until 2023 for producing more AMV armored vehicles. The original contract which was signed in 2003 expires this year
Poland plans to buy 70 multi-role military helicopter and has called for a tender worth $3 billion. Competing companies include Sikorsky,Eurocopter and AgustaWestland
India is likely to sign contracts for transfer of technology (ToT) about Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) or minesweepers soon, a senior official said Wednesday. “Contracts for transfer of technology about the Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) or minesweepers should be signed soon,” Vice Admiral (Controller Warship Production and Acquisition) G S Pabby told reporters Wednesday
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