Babcock will design two Arrowhead-140PL frigates for Poland

LONDON ($1=0.86 British Pounds) — Britain’s Babcock has announced that it has signed two contracts with Poland related to the Arrowhead-140PL frigate program [MIECZNIK program]. Specifically, he signed the contract for the design of ships and the contract for the transfer of technology and know-how to Poland. We recall that Poland chose the Arrowhead-140 design for the construction program of three new frigates.

Babcock will design two Arrowhead-140PL frigates for Poland
Photo credit: ZBiAM

The budget of the program amounts to 1.83 billion euros. The Polish Arrowhead-140PL will have dimensions [length x width] of 138.7 x 19.7 meters and a displacement of about 7,000 at full load.

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 100-120 people, with each ship able to accommodate up to 160 crew.

In terms of armament, the Arrowhead-140PL will feature four Saab RBS-15 Mk.3/Mk.4 anti-ship missile launchers and a 32-cell Sea Ceptor vertical missile launch system [CAMM/CAMM-ER]. Since each cell contains four CAMM/CAMM-ERs, each ship will be able to integrate 128 missiles.

Babcock will design two Arrowhead-140PL frigates for Poland
Photo credit: Portal Stoczniowy

In addition, the ships will include a 76mm gun, two 35mm guns capable of close-range anti-aircraft fire, and 324mm MU-90 light torpedoes. The electronic equipment of the frigates will consist of a fixed radar with AESA technology [probably SM-400], a second radar [probably NS-50], a fin sonar, and a towed sonar with CAPTAS the most likely option.

According to the current schedule, the construction of the first Polish frigate Arrowhead-140PL will begin in August 2023, and the three ships will be delivered in 2028, 2029, and 2031, respectively.

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