September 21, 2017
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Poland to build subs with DCNS
Poland’s state-owned defence consortium PGZhas signed a partnership agreement with French naval shipbuilder DCNS, notably to build submarines. DCNS confirms that that it had signed an industrial agreement “to see how to cooperate in the domain of Polish naval programmes”. The partnership could see the two sides work together on submarines, coastal defence ships and minesweeper patrol vessels for Poland. It foresees a technology transfer and advanced participation by Poland’s naval industry in realising these projects. Warsaw hopes to buy three new submarines “to secure the Polish part of the Baltic” as jitters grow over Russia’s heightened military presence in the region. Poland future major defence spending includes an anti-missile system, helicopters, submarines and jet fighters, amid concern over NATO and US policy from a new White House.