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Poland eyes second-hand Swedish submarine acquisition

06 December 2019
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The Polish Ministry of Defence has announced plans to purchase two second-hand submarines from Sweden.

The vessels are intended to replace the country’s ageing pair of Kobben-class Type 207 submarines, which have been in service for 50 years.

“We have completed the analytical process, as a result of which we concluded that a bridging ability should be ensured when it comes to submarines,” Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak said on 28 November. “The analysis indicated that the most advantageous is co-operation with a Swedish partner. We have already begun negotiations on obtaining this bridging capacity,” he said.

Jane’s understand that Poland is interested in the acquisition of Sweden’s two Södermanland-class submarines, Södermanland and Östergötland .

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