WARSAW — Poland’s Ministry of Defense has released a document outlining a Navy modernization program for the years 2012 to 2030 under which the country would spend about 900 million zloty ($290 million) per year to upgrade the fleet.
“Without the acquisitions of new gear and arms, the Polish Navy could lose its combat capacity after 2030,” the document said.
By 2030, the Polish Navy will acquire three submarines, two of which are to be purchased by 2022; it will also buy another three vessels — two ships by 2022 and a third by 2026, according to the document.
The ministry divided the modernization program into three stages. The first is expected to be completed by 2022, the second by 2026 and the third by 2030. This will tie the Navy modernization program to the long-term modernization strategy of the Polish Armed Forces, the document said.
Other planned purchases for the Navy include six new combat helicopters and six search-and-rescue helicopters; two short-range missile defense systems; and 10 unmanned surface vessels and six UAVs, according to the ministry.
Poland’s naval forces have 86 ships: 41 warships, 15 combat support ships and 30 other vessels. The 8,100-troop service also has 29 helicopters and 12 planes.
The Navy forecasts that only 22 of its 86 ships will remain operational after 2022.