Electronic systems company Thales will provide an integrated combat system to the Polish Ministry of National Defence for the ORP SLAZAK patrol vessel.

Thales will supply combat system components including the Tacticos combat management system, SMART-S Mk2 surveillance radar, STING-EO Mk2 (currently named the STIR 1.2 EO Mk2) fire control radar, Mirador electro-optical observation and fire control system and LINK 11/16 tactical data link system.

The system is scheduled to be fully operational in 2016 for the vessel, which is the successor of the Gawron multipurpose corvette programme.

Additionally, the company will install combat system integration related to other systems on-board the vessel, such as weapons, communication and navigation systems, as well as several third party supplied sensors.

Thales Nederland CEO Gerben Edelijn said: "We won this contract because of our state-of-the-art technical solution which perfectly matched the customer’s requirements."

Thales has also signed agreements with a number of institutes and enterprises in Poland related to the contract, for transfer of knowledge and technology concerning maintenance, training of combat information centre staff and software development.

Shephard cited a spokesperson as saying: "Thales NL will continue to follow the Polish naval market and successful implementation of the combat system for the Slazak Patrol Vessel may give rise to future follow-on contracts."

Image: Illustration of Polish Navy’s ORP SLAZAK patrol vessel. Photo: courtesy of THALES GROUP.