Polish army is not in the best condition, that is a fact. The same applies to arms programs which have been underway for several years and, as it appears, will take some more time to complete. The helicopter tender attracts the most attention, but another one is on the horizon – possibly even more important – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
“Killer whale” is the program in question: it involves the acquisitoion of 3 submarines for a total sum of 9 bln PLN.
– The sum is big, as are the expectations, so it would be worthwhile to sign a contract benefitting the economy as a whole – namely, choose the contractor offering the best offset. In recent years, many concepts were elaborated in relation to this program. The previous leadership of the Ministry of Defense could not decide whether to buy a complete system, comprising of both the ships and the cruise missiles, or to split the acquisition into separate programs. (…) It appears that finally, the former option has emerged victorious. If that is indeed the case, we would finally have a deterrent at hand, as the missiles in question have a long range. (…) So why am I complaining if everything seems to be settled? – writes the President of Employers of Poland.
The author explains that in early May the media reported the plans of the Ministry of Defense to lease submarines. The problem is that such leased vessels could only be used for training rather than actual combat. – We will have war ships, but ones that cannot be taken to war – Malinowski points out.
– Moreover, cruise missiles can only be installed on new vessels. Leasing the submarines automatically eliminates what is likely the main reason for having a modern submarine fleet – the possibility of using cruise missiles as a “deterring force”. Put simply, leasing would only be a prosthesis of a systemic solution. A prosthesis that may significantly prolong the rehabilitation process of the Polish navy. (…) We cannot afford makeshift solutions, as they are always very expensive. In this case the costs would be borne not only by the navy, but also by all citizens – he summarizes.