Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that the state has launched a program for the purchase of submarines for the naval forces. He said this during the two-day Defense24 Day conference, radio reports. RMF.
“As early as this year, we plan to launch the procedure for the purchase of submarines along with the transfer of the necessary technologies,” Blaschak said.
According to the Polish Minister of Defense, a full-fledged naval force should include units that have “high capabilities of covert movement at high speed and long stay under water.”
According to him, in the near future, the Polish Ministry of Defense will announce more detailed information on the number of boats and their equipment.
“We want our submarines to be characterized by long-term missions and high power in terms of transported weapons and configuration flexibility,” he said.
Blaschak noted that these boats should be able to launch cruise missiles from underwater space, which could “hit targets deep in the aggressor’s territory.”
He invited Poland’s partners to take part in a tender for the purchase of submarines.
The RMF notes that there is currently only one Soviet-era Kilo-class submarine in the Polish Navy, launched in 1985.
It was modernized and reconstructed, and during 2020-2021 the submarine underwent at least 10 repairs. Her current condition is unknown.
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