The MEKO 200 is a versatile frigate designed for export markets. (Photo: thyssenkrupp Marine Systems)
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has been selected to potentially supply the Polish Navy with Meko frigates.
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has been shortlisted to prepare a design concept and feasibility study for the Polish Navy.
This happened as part of the Miecznik project, which aims to acquire multi-mission frigates for the Navy.
Part of the offer is to supply Poland with the Meko A-300 PL, the most modern variant of the Meko family of technological frigates.
If selected, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems will form a lasting technology partnership with Polish industry for the construction, integration and lifecycle support of the Meko A-300 PL frigates entirely in Poland.
Three frigates are intended to be purchased as part of the Miecznik project, but the initial goal is to acquire a single frigate
Shephard Defense Insight reports that the total cost of the three frigates is estimated to be between $ 1.8 billion and $ 2.3 billion.
The program has been hampered in its progress by fears that austerity measures caused by COVID-19 will force its cancellation.
Later, in March 2021, an important deadline was missed, as the intention was for the contract to build the frigates to be signed by the end of the first half of 2021.
However, confidence remains high that the program schedule will not be significantly delayed.