• The Spanish company has been shortlisted in the Miecznik competition to build three frigates in a Transfer of Technology (ToT) programme.
  • Navantia will show its multipurpose F-100 frigate and the new S-80 submarine.

Spanish company Navantia will attend the Defence exhibition MSPO, which will take place 7 – 10 September in Kielce, Poland, for the first time. Navantia stand (E17) will focus particularly on its F-100 frigate and on the new, state-of-the-art submarine S-80.

A Navantia proposal based on its multipurpose frigate F-100 has been recently shortlisted by the Polish Ministry of Defence in a competition to build three multi-mission frigates in a Transfer of Technology (ToT) programme.

F-100 is a mature design, already in service for the Spanish Navy that has been the starting point for successful export contracts to Norway and Australia. Navantia has a long track in the design and construction of a wide range of frigates, with proven flexibility, therefore, to suit the needs of the Polish Navy.

At MSPO, Navantia will exhibit a F-100 based ‘Navantis’, the company advanced training environment to reduce the risks and operating costs as well as to increase the knowledge and capabilities of the crews. The company will also show a ‘Navantis avatar’ of its AOR ship and a model of S-80, the first submarine designed and built by a Spanish company, already launched in Navantia shipyard. S-80 will be the most advanced conventional submarine, thanks in part to its air-independent propulsion system (AIP) that will boost its stealth.

Navantia and the Miecznik programme

The Miecznik programme envisages the construction of three multi-mission frigates at the local PGZ shipyard in Gdynia through a ToT contract with an international company, a business model in which Navantia has a robust experience.

Navantia is now participating in the Viability Phase run by PGZ in order to propose a design for the Miecznik programme that further adjusts to the requirements of the Inspectorate of Armament of the Polish Ministry of Defence.

The company has also proved its ability to efficiently execute different models of ToT programmes that have helped develop local capabilities in shipbuilding and life cycle support. It is a business model of high added value in which Navantia has success stories through its contracts in Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Australia.

“Navantia is ready to have a local presence in Poland in order to support the construction and sustainment of the ships. We are proud to offer the Polish Navy a collaboration model that has proven to be of mutual benefit and that will allow Poland, a friend and ally, to have a highly technological naval defence capability, proven both by the Spanish Navy and by other international clients”, declared the commercial and business development director of Navantia, Javier Herrador.