Babcock International has received two additional contracts as part of Poland’s MIECZNIK (Swordfish) frigate programme.

The two awards include a class design contract and a transfer of knowledge and skills (TOKAT) agreement.

Announcement about the new contracts was made by Babcock during the 30th International Defence Industry event – MSPO, held in Kielce, Poland.

The latest contracts have been awarded six months after the Polish Armaments Agency selected Babcock as the preferred platform design provider and technology partner for the MIECZNIK programme.

The company’s Arrowhead 140 frigates (AH140) design was chosen by Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ)-MIECZNIK consortium.

This consortium is responsible for building three frigates for the Polish Navy.

The ships will be developed in Polish shipyards with support from local workforce, Polish suppliers, as well as Babcock’s global supply chain.

Babcock will support maturity of the frigate and provide a design documentation package to PGZ for submission to the Classification Authority.

This crucial step will allow the programme to move to the next engineering stage, with the first steel cut for the first ship expected in 2023.

Meanwhile, the TOKAT framework contract will involve Babcock to share its technology, engineering and industry expertise with PGZ, PGZ SW and Remontowa Ship Building.

This contract will also include human resources development, staff training support, infrastructure upgrades, and planning support, as well as implementation of tools and technologies.

Babcock CEO David Lockwood said: “Our work in Poland builds on the shared interests of Nato countries.

“Babcock will deliver first-class frigates that will contribute significantly to sovereign defence capability in Poland.”

The new contracts will bolster Poland’s shipbuilding capabilities and simultaneously boost economic and trade relations between Poland and the UK.