Poland selects Spanish shipyard Navantia as contender to build three new frigates

According to information released on August 6, 2021, Spanish shipyard, Navantia has announced that the Polish Ministry of Defence has selected Navantia in a ‘short list’ along with two other finalists to build three frigates in the framework of a Technology Transfer (ToT) program.
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Now, the Spanish shipyard Navantia will participate in the Viability Phase in order to propose a design that further adjusts to the requirements of the Armaments Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of Defence. The final decision on the contractor is expected in 2022.

The offer presented by Navantia is based on the design of the F100, in service for the Spanish Navy under the name of Álvaro de Bazán, which has been the starting point for successful export contracts to Norway and Australia. The F100 is a multipurpose frigate designed and built by Navantia for the Spanish Navy. She is designed to perform a wide range of missions including fleet protection, anti-air warfare, and anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

The Miecznik program launched by the Polish Government envisages the construction of three multi-mission frigates at the local PGZ shipyard in Gdynia through a Technology Transfer (ToT) contract with an international company, a business model in which Navantia has a robust experience.

Navantia has long track in the design and construction of a wide range of frigates, with proven flexibility, therefore, to suit the needs of the Polish Navy.

The company has also proved its ability to efficiently execute different models of ToT programs that have helped develop local capabilities in shipbuilding and life cycle support. It is a business model of high added value in which Navantia has success stories through its contracts in Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Australia.

The Miecznik program for the construction of frigates is part of an ambitious plan launched by the Polish Government to modernize its Armed Forces with an investment of 115 billion euros until 2035.