Poland asks U.S. support for frigates

July 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM
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WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Poland is seeking U.S. technical support and a service life extension program for two ex-FFG-7 class frigates.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the Foreign Military Sale request carries a value of $200 million.

The service life extension program would include upgrade and conversion of MK15 PHALANX Close-In Weapon Systems from the Block 0 to Block 1B, Baseline 2 configuration; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; system overhauls and upgrades; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. government and contractor technical support; and other related elements of program support.

"The proposed sale will improve Poland's capability to meet current and future operational needs," the agency said in its notification to Congress. "Poland already has the capability to maintain the current frigates and will have no difficulty absorbing the upgraded shipboard systems into its armed forces."

The proposed sale would involve multiple contractors, as well as U.S. Atlantic Coast shipyards that will compete for planning and execution of the system overhaul and upgrade projects.

Implementation of this proposed sale wouldn't require the assignment of additional U.S. government or contractor representatives to Poland.

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