British Babcock to Design Poland’s New Frigates

British Babcock to Design Poland’s New Frigates
British Babcock to Design Poland’s New Frigates

Babcock International has been selected as the platform design provider and technology partner for Poland’s MIECZNIK (Swordfish) new frigate programme. The company has concluded a set of strategic cooperation agreements with the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium, which is responsible for delivering three frigates.


The PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium submitted three alternative platform designs, and the Polish Armaments Agency (Agencja Uzbrojenia) chose Babcock’s Arrowhead 140 as the platform of choice (AH140). These three design proposals were initially down selected in July 2021 including Navantia, TKMS and Babcock. Babcock and the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium will now concentrate on the full design and systems integration planning process, which is projected to be completed in 2022.

British Babcock to Design Poland’s New Frigates

Babcock will support the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium for the three AH140 frigates built in Polish shipyards by a local workforce, drawing significantly from Polish suppliers and Babcock’s global supply chain. Poland’s selection of Babcock as the platform design provider for its frigate programme follows decisions by the UK and Indonesia to select the AH140 platform as the basis of their new frigate programmes in 2019 and 2021, respectively.