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Terma to Supply C-Guard Direct Defense System for Polish Navy’s MIECZNIK-class Frigates

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Terma to Supply C-Guard Direct Defense System for Polish Navy’s MIECZNIK-class Frigates

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Poland has recently secured a significant contract with Terma for the delivery of the C-Guard direct ship defense system. This system, renowned for its efficacy in countering missile and torpedo strikes, will be integrated into the construction of Miecznik frigates for the Polish Navy by PGZ Stocznia Wojenna. The Terma C-Guard stands out for its combat-proven phantom target launchers and innovative mechanical design devoid of moving parts. Offering comprehensive defense coverage within a 360-degree sector, it ensures the protection of the vessel while demanding relatively low maintenance. This characteristic not only ensures high operational readiness but also contributes to maintaining a low total cost of ownership over the long term. C-Guard relies on combat proven 130 mm NATO SeaGnat compatible decoys and a proven mechanical launcher design without moving parts. It requires limited maintenance, thus guaranteeing high operational availability and low total cost of ownership.

“The contract signed today is another important stage in the implementation of the Miecznik programme. Frigates built at PGZ Stocznia Wojenna will receive effective protection against many types of threats, both underwater and missile threats. More than 150 ships sailing under the flags of navies from all over the world are equipped with similar, proven systems” said Andrzej Wojtkiewicz, Director of the Miecznik Programme at PGZ Stocznia Wojenna.

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“Terma is proud to announce the signing of a strategic agreement with PGZ Stocznia Wojenna for a cost-efficient self-protection solution in the Miecznik program. Our C-Guard decoy launching system offers unmatched operational availability and capability against multiple threats, ensuring the best and lowest cost of ownership. We extend our gratitude to the Miecznik team at PGZ for their efficient collaboration, laying the foundation for a strong, long-term partnership” – said Martin T. Jentsch – Sales Director, Naval Sales at Terma.

Miecznik is a class of multi-role frigates being built by the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ)-Miecznik consortium and the Armament Inspectorate under the Miecznik (Swordfish) programme, which is a strategic initiative aimed at modernising the Polish Navy’s fleet. The procurement of three Miecznik frigates marks a significant milestone for the Polish Navy’s modernization efforts. These vessels, to be constructed at PGZ Stocznia Wojenna in collaboration with industry leaders such as Babcock, MBDA, and Thales, constitute the cornerstone of Poland’s naval expansion. The project, initiated in 2021 under the largest-ever contract awarded to the Polish shipbuilding industry, is slated for completion by 2026. Beyond fortifying the nation’s maritime defenses, the Miecznik frigate project holds broader economic implications. It is anticipated to generate approximately 2,000 jobs across shipyards, defense firms, and associated industrial sectors directly engaged in the endeavor.

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