Head of the Ministry of Defence: later this year we plan to proceed with the purchase of submarines
We are proceeding with the Orka programme. Later this year, we are planning to launch a procedure for the purchase of submarines together with the transfer of the necessary technology,’ announced Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Ministry of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak on Wednesday.
During the two-day Defence24 Day conference, which began on Wednesday, Błaszczak stressed that “a full-fledged Navy should include not only surface vessels but also those that can stealthily move underwater”.
“We are proceeding with the Orca programme. Later this year, we plan to launch a procedure aimed at the purchase of submarines together with the transfer of the necessary technologies, which we want to obtain through an offset procurement,” he informed.
He added that the ministry will soon announce more details on the number of vessels and their equipment and competencies.
‘We want our submarines to be characterised by the longevity of the missions they carry out, as well as high capacity in terms of carried combat assets and flexibility of configuration. But also a high capacity for stealthy movement at high speed and long-term stealthy underwater waiting,” said the head of the Ministry of Defence.