Poland seeks advanced cruise missile for submarines
Iran Press TV
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:30PM
Poland is planning to get advanced cruise missiles for its submarines, the country's defense minister has said, implying that the NATO member state is taking precautionary measures against a rising Russian threat.
Tomasz Siemoniak said Thursday that he has asked the United States about the availability of Raytheon's Tomahawk cruise missiles, an advanced system which Poland needs to equip its submarines with by 2030.
"Last year, I decided that Polish vessels should be able (to launch cruise missiles) and we are speaking to all those able to deliver this kind of weapon, including the Americans," Siemoniak told the Polish public radio, adding that the procedures to initiate the submarine tender could be launched this year.
Warsaw's tender for the advanced missiles could see the US and French companies engage in a competition to provide Poland with the system. France has MdCN missile systems to offer to Warsaw which are on par with Tomahawk. Made by French DCNS group, the missiles are exclusively designed to arm submarines.
The surge of violence in Ukraine and escalation of tension between Russia and NATO has forced Poland to kick off an unprecedented program to overhaul its military forces over a decade. The huge plan, which has been criticized by NATO, is believed to be worth some 33.6 billion euros (USD 42 billion).
The program also includes buying new armored personnel carriers, anti-missile shield and anti-aircraft systems, combat drones and submarines.
According to a NATO guideline, Warsaw must bring its defense spending level to two percent of its gross domestic product.
NATO has intensified its military activity in its eastern flank by deploying more than 5,000 troops in Baltic states, namely in Bulgaria, Poland and Romania.
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