UNITED24 - Make a charitable donation in support of Ukraine!


ORP "Orkan" Fast Attack Craft Missile

Fast Attack Craft Missile (Fast Patrol Boats), "Orkan" class (NATO: Sassnitz). Originally intended for the German Democratic Republic, the hulls were built in VEB Peenewerft, Wolgast (former DDR). Three unfinished boats were acquired by the Polish Navy from VEB Peenewerft shipyard after German reunification and equipped in the Northern Shipyard in Gdansk.

In August 2001 the Naval Shipyard Gdynia (Stocznia Marynarki Wojennej) and Thales Nederland B.V. signed a contract worth 76 million euros for the modernisation of the three ORKAN class Fast Attack Craft with the Polish Navy (Marynarki Wojennej RP) and Thales Swedish sub-contractors, Ericsson Microwave System AB and SAAB Bofors Dynamics AB on 31 July, 2001. The ship’s communications system will be delivered by Thales Naval GmbH, subsidiary of Thales Nederland B.V. in Germany.

The contract covers the delivery and integration of the combat systems on-board the Polish Navy’s three existing ORKAN class Fast Attack Craft. Thales is world-renowned for its state-of-the-art, fully distributed modular combat systems. Thales’ Combat Management System (TACTICOS) uses Multi-function Operator Consoles (MOC Mk3) and its own application software. The main characteristic of these systems is the full integration of both the various sensors - including those not supplied by Thales - and a wide range of hard- and soft-kill weapons into an integrated system. STING-EO is included as fire control system and integration of the existing guns is part of the overall project. Besides the combat systems on-board the ORKAN, a Land based Integration and Programming System is included in the contract.

Thales will involve Polish industry in high technology areas of the programme such as interface development and subsystem production. Full transfer of technology to Polish industry will take place progressively during the programme for the Combat System Integration (CSI) activities. The Naval Shipyard Gdynia is supervised by the Polish Ministry of National Defence and is the oldest shipyard in Poland, having served the Polish Navy for 80 years.

Thales Naval Nederland’s Commercial Director, Mr. Rob van der Wurff, has expressed his pleasure with the company’s first contract in Poland in the naval domain. It is of great significance, especially as Poland is one of the new NATO members. Thales is honored to assist this new member to create an up-to-date and NATO-compatible fleet.

On 06 October 2006 the procurement contract for the heavy-weight Surface-to-Surface Missile System RBS15 Mk3 was signed by Saab Bofors Dynamics and the Polish companies MESKO and BUMAR. MESKO and BUMAR are procuring the RBS15 Mk3 on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Defence. The value of the contract for Saab Bofors Dynamics is M€ 110. Poland is the 2nd NATO-nation to order the new generation RBS15 Mk3. Germany placed an order with the prime contractor Diehl BGT Defence in September 2005. “The Polish Navy is going through a major transformation in order to adapt to the new requirements of the future and the acquisition of the RBS15 Mk3 system is a very important milestone in this process”, says Fleet Admiral Roman Krzyzelewski, Commander in chief of the Polish Navy.

The ordered missiles will arm Poland’s ORKAN-class corvettes, which are currently under modernisation. This contract is follow-on to the ship integration contract signed in 2001 with Thales Naval Netherlands for the supply of ship equipment. The RBS15 Mk3 is the latest generation, long range, Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) system. The system is excellent as main anti surface armament for any type of naval vessel. RBS15 Mk3 is extremely resistant to countermeasures, providing high penetration capability against air defences with guided and tube weapons. The launch customers include the German Navy as well as Poland which is equipping its ORKAN class speedboats with RBS15 Mk3 missiles. The delivery of the first missiles began in March 2011. The long-range, all-weather capable “Fire-and-Forget” missile tracks its target directly above the water surface over distances of more than 200 km. By means of programmed way points, the missile´s trajectory and flight altitude can be altered several times.



ORP "Orkan"

18th of September 1992

ORP "Piorun"

11th of March 1994

ORP "Grom"

28th of April 1995


  • Displacement: 361 tons full load
  • Length: 48,9 meters
  • Beam: 8,65 meters
  • Draft: 2,15 meters


  • RBS Mk 2 missiles;
  • 1 gun 76,2 mm;
  • 1 30 mm;
  • 1 SAM launcher.

Propulsion: 3 compression-ignition engines M 520 class; 3 shafts; speed: 36 knots.

ORP Orkan Fast Attack Craft Missile ORP Orkan Fast Attack Craft Missile - Pre-Modernization ORP Orkan Fast Attack Craft Missile - Pre-Modernization ORP Grom Fast Attack Craft Missile ORP Grom Fast Attack Craft Missile ORP Grom Fast Attack Craft Missile

Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list

Page last modified: 14-08-2012 14:40:11 ZULU