Prime Minister Donald Tusk cancels Gawron (Rook) class Corvette Project
Polish government has terminated a warship building project seen as
a drain on the nation’s resources, Prime Minister Donald Tusk
said on Friday. “Vast amounts of money are still being spent on
the Polish military that simply have nothing to do with defense,”
Polish Radio External Service quoted him as saying.
The prime minister said the project will be terminated “despite
opposition from the navy” as it was “senseless” to
maintain an enterprise that costs 30 million zloty a year (7.2 million
Poland launched the project in 2001, under Prime Minister
plans to build 7 Gawron-class corvettes but work only begun on head
of class: Slazak (Silesian). The class was based on Meko A-100 design
by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems
It was initially planned that Poland would build
six so-called Gawron (Rook) Corvettes: small, state of the art warships
that would be capable of combating ships and submarines as well as taking
part in rescue operations.
The cost was initially set at 250 million zloty per vessel (60 million
euro), but the project then changed to three vessels at a cost of 1.5
billion zloty each (360 million euro each). However, after more than
a decade, not one warship has been built.