Babcock Worldwide (Babcock), the aerospace, defence and safety firm, has been chosen because the platform design supplier and expertise associate for Poland’s MIECZNIK (Swordfish) new frigate programme, and has as we speak concluded a set of strategic cooperation agreements with the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium, which is accountable for supply of the venture from the Polish facet. The Polish Armaments Company chosen Babcock’s Arrowhead 140 (AH140) from three totally different platform design proposals offered by the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium. These proposals had been initially down chosen in July 2021. Babcock and the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium will now give attention to the detailed design and methods integration planning course of, which is anticipated to conclude in 2022.

David Lockwood, CEO Babcock mentioned: “I’m delighted that Babcock has been chosen as a platform design supplier and expertise associate for Poland, and that our Arrowhead 140 frigate has been chosen for Poland’s MIECZNIK programme. Its adaptability and functionality imply we will tailor the design to go well with the wants of the Polish Navy. Pushed by innovation and backed by heritage, the Arrowhead 140 frigate has British ingenuity and engineering at its core.”


UK Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin mentioned:“Poland is one in all our oldest and closest allies, and we proceed to strengthen our partnership to assist deter future threats. The Arrowhead 140 frigate will likely be a formidable addition to Poland’s fleet, offering world-leading capabilities to Poland’s rising naval presence.”

The Polish Armaments Company’s order of three frigates from the Consortium led by PGZ beneath the MIECZNIK programme will present Poland with the sovereign functionality to interact each aerial and naval threats to Polish maritime pursuits and to assist NATO operations. Babcock will assist the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium for the three AH140 frigates to be inbuilt Polish shipyards by a neighborhood workforce, drawing considerably from Polish suppliers and Babcock’s world provide chain. Following the profitable completion of the design section, Babcock will assist the MIECZNIK frigate construct in Poland by way of a design licensing settlement, transferring information and applied sciences to optimise Poland’s shipbuilding and industrial capabilities.

Poland’s collection of Babcock because the platform design supplier for its frigate programme follows selections by the UK and Indonesia to pick out the AH140 platform as the premise of their new frigate programmes in 2019 and 2021 respectively. Babcock has been working alongside the UK Authorities to advertise the export variant AH140 frigate and its interoperability throughout navies within the world market, with its baseline design configurable to satisfy a broad vary of naval necessities regardless of the place on the earth it operates. The contract, which was awarded in November 2019, signalled one other decade of ship-build exercise for the historic dockyard at Rosyth. Constructing on the distinctive expertise and success of the Plane Provider Alliance, Babcock has introduced collectively a extremely skilled and built-in venture group spanning a number of areas of the UK, to satisfy the difficult Sort 31 programme.