Poland will retire its four Kobben-class submarines by 2015. (Polish Ministry of Defence)
WARSAW — Poland’s Ministry of Defense aims to revise technical and tactical requirements for its forthcoming submarine contest, Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Waldemar Skrzypczak said in an official document. The move follows a ministry analysis that determined German-made 212A-class vessels do not comply with initial requirements.
The ministry is planning to acquire two new submarines by 2022 and a third by 2030 as part of its ongoing Navy modernization program. In a response to the request for information on the planned tender submitted by Member of Parliament Jacek Sasin, Skrzypczak released a document in which he addressed the drafting of the submarine contest terms.
Sasin asked the ministry to comment on a report by local news site Defence24.pl. The online publication reported that the ministry was considering leasing used 212A-class submarines from Germany.
“The planned procurement for the delivery of submarines ... will not be pursued with the aim of signing a lease deal,” Skrzypczak said in the document. “[A]n analysis made by the ministry indicates that the [212A-class] vessel does not comply with all of the obligatory technical and tactical requirements.
“As a result, on the request of the Chief of the General Staff, the Minister of Defense has authorized the creation of a specialized task force which will verify the operational requirements for the 212A-class submarine,” Skrzypczak said.
Presently, the Polish Navy operates one Kilo-class submarine, and four Kobben-class submarines that Poland acquired from Norway. The four submarines are expected to be withdrawn from service by 2015.