Today 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.
"This is another proof of the RBS15 Mk3, and we are naturally both pleased and proud that the Polish Navy has chosen us and our business partner", says Tomas Samuelsson, President of Saab Bofors Dynamics.
The RBS15 Mk3 is a powerful, versatile Surface-to-Surface Missile system with a range of more than 200 km and the added capability to combat land targets.
Saab Bofors Dynamics has a co-operation agreement with Diehl BGT Defence, Germany, encompassing development, production and marketing of the RBS15 Mk3.
The contract will become effective when a separate offset agreement has been signed with the Polish Ministry of Economy, which is planned to be signed later today.