PGZ-MIECZNIK Enlists UK Firms for Type 31 Project

The PGZ-MIECZNIK consortium has concluded strategic cooperation agreements with industrial partners from Great Britain. The submission of signatures begins the preparation for production phase in the program of acquiring three multipurpose frigates for the Polish Navy.

As a result of analyzes of materials provided by the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium in December 2021, the Polish Armed Forces made a preselection of preferred suppliers of the platform design and combat system for new multi-purpose ships of the Polish Navy. In the course of negotiations, the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium concluded strategic cooperation agreements with suppliers of first choice – Babcock, Thales UK and MBDA UK.

“Agreements that we have concluded so far with the key suppliers of the new frigates project for our Navy, as well as key components of the combat system, including air defense, guarantee that these ships will be built in Poland, will be equipped and armed here, and will represent the interests of our country for the seas and oceans” said Sebastian Chwałek, President of the Management Board of PGZ SA

The agreements regulate a number of issues regarding the terms of cooperation between the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium and foreign partners. The Babcock company will provide the AH140 platform design and a wide range of knowledge and technology enabling the construction of these units at PGZ Stoczni Wojennej Sp. z o. o. and Remontowa Shipbuilding SA Thales, responsible for the Integrated Combat System (ZSW) area, and MBDA, which will provide air defense systems, will cooperate with PGZ Stocznia Wojenna Sp. z o. o. and OBR CTM SA, which has been indicated as the competence center for these two foreign partners, key for the design, construction and service of the life cycle of new Polish Navy frigates.

“We make every effort to implement the next stages of this strategic program as soon as possible, both for the army and the industry. By maintaining the current pace, we are convinced that soon we will be able to talk about further successes” added Sebastian Chwałek.

The next stage is the preparation of the updated Industrial Feasibility Study (PSW) and the Preliminary Design of the ships, which will define the final configuration of the “Swordsmen”. At the same time, works related to the transfer of technology and knowledge as well as the preparation of the potential for the production of the prototype of the “Miecznik” ship together with the ZSW – the first unit in the series will be launched. According to the schedule, construction of the ships will begin in 2023.

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