Defence and security company Saab has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Naval Shipyard S.A. in Gdynia, Poland. The agreement provides a basis for close cooperation tojointly offer naval solutions, including submarines, for the Polish Navy under the order of the Polish Ministry of National Defence.
“Establishing strong local partnerships is a cornerstone of our business approach. We welcome this agreement and believe it is a milestone in our efforts to offer support to the Polish Orka future submarine programme. For Saab, cooperation with local partners ensures that the delivery of our solutions produces benefits for our clients and, importantly, that the transfer of know-how involves local industry,” says Jason Howard, Country Manager Poland, Saab.
Naval Shipyard S.A. is a long-term partner for the Polish Navy and has a history stretching back to 1922 when the Navy’s Port Repair Works were established in Gdynia, on Poland’s Baltic coast. Recently, it has performed a number of complex shipbuilding projects including the production of vessels, superstructures and hulls for a number of international clients. It is also involved in the production of the Polish Navy’s new patrol vessel, Ślązak.
“The Polish Navy is engaged in a serious modernisation effort, which includes the construction of several new classes of ships, and plans for the country to obtain three submarines. Saab’s surface and underwater solutions can cater to these needs. We have a unique competence and see Poland as an important customer,” explains Jason Howard, Country Manager Poland, Saab.
Saab’s maritime product footprint in Poland includes the supply of RBS15 Mk3 missiles and Sea Giraffe radars for the Polish Navy’s fast attack vessels, providing the force with an effective long-range strike capability for sea and land engagement. Recently, Saab’s Double Eagle MCM system was selected for the Navy’s newly built mine hunting ship, the Kormoran II.
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