One of the events accompanying the previous edition of the International Defence Industry Exhibition was the conference “Involvement of Polish industry in the implementation of the Miecznik programme – prospects for cooperation” organized by the Polish Armaments Group.
It is worth recalling that “Miecznik” is not the only program concerning the Navy in the plans of the Ministry of National Defense. According to the long-term plans outlined by the Ministry of National Defense in 2020 for the modernization of the armed forces by 2034, about PLN 60 billion is planned to be allocated for the reconstruction of the Navy. In addition to the completion of a series of three mine destroyers under construction “Kormoran II”, the implementation of the “Miecznik” program, it is planned m.in to acquire two submarines (the “Orka” program), two electronic reconnaissance ships (“Delfin”), the rescue ship “Ratownik”, the logistics support unit “Baltic”, two hydrographic ships “Hydrograf” and two floating demagnetization stations “Magneto”.
The operational plans also include the construction of a fuel tanker, and when the financial situation of the country and the state of the budget allow, the acquisition of fast, smaller missile ships – the “Murena” corvettes, protected by a short-range air defense system, armed with on-board missile systems to combat ships and land targets, a medium-caliber naval cannon and artillery direct defense systems.
– Now we are forming a consortium, supported by at least 60 enterprises and carefully counting the costs to guarantee the investment in “Mieczniki” full financing. If it is possible to efficiently choose the ship’s technology from among three proposals – British, Spanish and German, which are on the table – in two years from the decision I expect to burn the sheet metal, in 2024 launch the hull, and soon after – start research on the prototype of the frigate. The investment has been carefully thought out. We will be able to accelerate, because we will use the finished design of the ship, buy a proven combat system from an experienced, foreign partner and gain support in managing the entire extremely complex undertaking – describes the stages of activities Sebastian Chwałek, President of PGZ.