‘Swordfish’ programme for Polish Navy commences

According to the portalstoczniowy.pl website, the Armament Inspectorate of Poland issued an invitation to the Polish Armament Group (PGZ) regarding the commencement of procedures related to the implementation of the so-called “Swordfish” programme. The programme involves the construction and delivery of multi-tasked missile frigates for the Polish Navy.

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The frigate ships far outperform the smaller corvettes, which were initially planned to be built under the programme, with regard to the spectrum of tasks they can perform. The "Swordfish" class frigates will be armed with anti-aircraft, anti-missile, and anti-submarine systems. They can also be equipped with guided missiles.

The invitation sent will allow PGZ to create a consortium of Polish companies that, together with a selected strategic partner, will build three frigates for the needs of the Polish Navy. The procedure for selecting a foreign partner should end in mid-2019.

It is estimated that the cost of a single multi-task frigate should not exceed PLN 2.5 bn.

The “Swordfish” programme initially envisaged the construction of three coastal defence corvettes with a buoyancy of not less than 1,900 tonnes.