Polish Arrowhead-140PL frigates get RBS-15 AShMs, Sea Ceptor, 76mm gun

WARSAW, ($1=4.27 Polish Zlotys) — According to a publication on the Polish website PortalMorski, on April 8, PGZ Group [Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa] made a very interesting press release about the new Polish frigates Arrowhead-140PL. Recall that Poland has chosen Arrowhead-140PL [“Miecznik” program] of the British Babcock for the program of delivery of three frigates.

Polish Arrowhead-140PL frigates get RBS-15 AShMs, Sea Ceptor, 76mm gun
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According to the PGZ Group, the Polish Arrowhead-140PL will have dimensions of 138.7 x 19.7 x 5.5 meters and a displacement of about 7,000 at full load, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceReview.

Their maximum speed will be 30 knots [55.5 kilometers per hour], while at a cruising speed of 18 knots [33 kilometers per hour] their range will be about 6,000 nautical miles [11,112 kilometers]. The crew will be between 100 and 120 people, and each ship will be able to accommodate up to 160 crew members.

Polish Arrowhead-140PL frigates get RBS-15 AShMs, Sea Ceptor, 76mm gun
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In terms of armaments, the Arrowhead-140PL will include four Saab RBS-15 Mk.3 / Mk.4 quadruple anti-ship missile systems and a 32-cell Sea Ceptor [CAMM / CAMM-ER] vertical missile launch system. Since each cell can hold four CAMMs / CAMM-ERs, each ship will be able to hold 128 missiles.

Polish Arrowhead-140PL frigates get RBS-15 AShMs, Sea Ceptor, 76mm gun
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The ships will also include a 76-millimeter main cannon, two 35-millimeter cannons with the possibility of close fire for air defense, and 324-millimeter light torpedoes MU-90. The electronic equipment of the frigates will consist of a fixed radar using AESA technology [probably SM-400], a second radar [probably NS-50], a keel sonar, and a sliding sonar, the most likely option being CAPTAS.

According to current planning, construction of the first Polish frigate Arrowhead-140PL will begin in August 2023, while the three ships will be delivered in 2028, 2029, and 2031, respectively. The program budget is 1.83 billion euros.

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