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30 avril 2015 4 30 /04 /avril /2015 10:50
photo Polish Ministry of National Defence, mjr Robert Siemaszko

photo Polish Ministry of National Defence, mjr Robert Siemaszko


Warsaw - 22 April, 2015 by European Defence Agency

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak and EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq met on 20 April to exchange views about the preparation of the European Council in June 2015. They also discussed Poland’s participation in EDA projects and ways to support the Polish defence industry with an emphasis on small and medium sized enterprises.

“Poland is a driving force of defence cooperation within the European Defence Agency. It participates in all of our key capability programmes: air-to-air refuelling, cyber defence, governmental satellite communications and remotely piloted aircraft systems. Additionally, Poland is heavily involved in many of our research and technology initiatives.

The focus of all our activities is to improve national defence capabilities as well as to support the European defence industry. Security of supply and support to the European defence technological and industrial base (EDTIB) are key aspects of our strategic autonomy. We are therefore keen on understanding the needs and working with the Central and Eastern European defence industries”, said Jorge Domecq during his stay in Warsaw.

The visit in Poland also provided the opportunity to meet with the Secretary of State Czesław Mroczek and representatives of the Military Institute of Armament Technology. It is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the Ministerial Steering Board on 18 May 2015. So far, Mr. Domecq visited Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia and Estonia. 

Copyright picture: Polish Ministry of National Defence, mjr Robert Siemaszko


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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 13:35
Le ministre de la Défense sud-coréen Han Min-koo et son homologue polonais Tomasz Siemoniak  - photo Jacek Sonta

Le ministre de la Défense sud-coréen Han Min-koo et son homologue polonais Tomasz Siemoniak - photo Jacek Sonta


SEOUL, 25 mars (Yonhap)


Le ministre de la Défense sud-coréen Han Min-koo et son homologue polonais Tomasz Siemoniak se sont entendus ce mercredi pour renforcer leurs liens dans la sécurité et promouvoir la coopération dans l'industrie de la défense, ont fait savoir des officiels du ministère de la Défense de Séoul.


Les deux hommes se sont rencontrés cet après-midi à Séoul pour «faire ensemble le point sur la situation sur la péninsule coréenne et discuter des moyens de développer leur coopération dans le domaine de la défense», selon le ministère.


Le ministre polonais était arrivé à Séoul plus tôt dans la journée pour une visite de deux jours au cours de laquelle il rencontrera aussi des officiels de l’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA) pour discuter de projets de défense en suspens, a indiqué le ministère.


En décembre dernier, le sud-coréen Samsung Techwin Co. a signé un contrat avec le polonais Huta Stalowa Wola pour l'exportation vers le pays d’Europe de l’Est de 120 obusiers autopropulsés K-9


«Les discussions entre les ministres de la Défense seront l'occasion d'améliorer considérablement la coopération bilatérale dans les domaines de la sécurité et de la défense», avait déclaré le ministère dans un communiqué avant la rencontre. Séoul a établi des relations diplomatiques avec l'ancien pays communiste en 1989.

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
submarine Kondor is one of four Kobben-class boat

submarine Kondor is one of four Kobben-class boat


Mar 13, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

 (Source: Defence24.com Poland; published March 12, 2015)


Polish MoD: “Orka Submarine Programme Funding to Be Realized This Year”

The Polish Ministry of Defence has confirmed that funds to purchase new submarines are already reserved, but it is during the 4th quarter of this year, when the Ministry is going to start the analyses of options, that they will be used to launch the acquisition process.

Information related to the submarines was been published as a response to a parliamentary question (no. 30891) submitted by MP Artur Górski “…regarding the plans of the Ministry of Defence related to acquisition of three submarines for Poland, armed with cruise missiles”.

The ministry’s reply is highly significant in that, for the first time, the Polish Ministry of Defence has officially released information regarding the Orka future submarine project.


Which issues have been clarified?

Thanks to the response to the intervention, we now know that:

• Minister of Defence accepted the request submitted by the administrator of military equipment, regarding the acquisition of new submarines for the Polish Armed Forces on 27th September 2012;
• In the confidential document entitled “Plan of Technical Modernization of the Polish Armed Forces”, the Ministry of Defence’s budgetary assets are ring-fenced. These funds will be used to acquire the new submarines in 2015.
• “ORKA” programme is a long-term plan, funding of which is to be stretched out over several years until 2024;
• The Polish Ministry of Defence wants to acquire the new type of submarines armed with cruise missiles;
• Due to the plans of introduction of the cruise missiles, MoD is going to carry out additional analyses and arrangements, along with complementation of documentation, which are all going to be the basis for starting up the procedures. Analyses are to begin in the 4th quarter of this year;
• Despite the additional analyses and arrangements regarding the cruise missiles, the schedule related to procurement of the new submarines remains unchanged. “The first two submarines are planned to be acquired by 2022, the third one is to be received later”;
•„ In February this year, “offset assumptions related to acquisition of the new ORKA submarines have been developed,” the ministry said. According to these assumptions, a maintenance centre for the new type of submarines is to be created in Poland. The actions necessary will be taken to create a national potential for maintenance of technical readiness of the acquired submarines i.e. for servicing and carrying out repairs;
• The new submarines will be capable of “transporting troops that are not their crew members”;
• Training bundles, regarding preparation of the crew-members for service on-board of the submarines shall be included in the signed contracts;
• “The Polish Ministry of Defence is not planning to create a new special forces unit capable of operating with submarines. Existing special forces units, i.e. the Formoza, already possess such capabilities. Formoza’s operators are capable of carrying out special operations in water environment.”
• After the new submarines are introduced into service, the special forces will be trained in submarine operations in varied conditions, in accordance with procedures and techniques which are used by the special forces”.

What is missing in the Ministry’s response to the intervention?

• No estimated value of the order has been indicated – this would, according to the Polish MoD, reduce the room for negotiation of the Ordering Party in the planned procedure;
• No response has been made related to fusion of both procedures (acquisition of the submarines along with the cruise missiles);
• No response has been provided to the question, whether the government made any efforts to construct the submarines in the Polish shipyards, at least partially.

MoD has changed its approach towards the deterrence policy

The Ministry of Defence has changed its approach to the issue of equipping the submarines with cruise missiles, stating that “currently the basic task of the Polish Armed Forces is to defend the Polish territory. The semantic area of this term also includes military deterrence which shall be realized by demonstrating the readiness to defend the country with the existing forces. The new submarines will fall within that category and task.”

There is one more question – why it took so long for the Ministry of Defence to realize the fact that the submarines may be armed with the cruise missiles. Supposedly, a similar question was asked by MP Ludwik Dorn, leading Deputy Minister Mroczek to respond “Better late than never”.

The issue is far too serious to make fun of it – it shall be clarified why the plans of arming the submarines with the cruise missiles were sabotaged. And response to that question shall not be left in the shadows.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Reuters reported from Warsaw this morning that Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak “has asked the United States whether the European nation could buy Tomahawk missiles for its new submarines.”
Reuters quoted Siemoniak as saying on public radio that “One of the capabilities we want them to have is cruise missiles,” and he confirmed in a Tweet (see above).
France is also competing to supply submarines to Poland, in which case they would be armed with MBDA’s Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missiles as well as sub-surface-launched SM-39 Exocet anti-ship missiles)

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10 novembre 2014 1 10 /11 /novembre /2014 17:50
photo msz.gov.pl

photo msz.gov.pl


10.11.2014 source Fondation Robert Schuman


Le 6 novembre, la Haute représentante de la diplomatie européenne Federica Mogherini a fait sa première visite officielle en Pologne. Lors de sa visite, elle a rencontré le Ministre des affaires étrangères de Pologne, Grzegorz Schetyna, le président Bronisław Komorowski, le vice-Premier ministre ainsi que le ministre de la Défense Tomasz SiemoniakTomasz Siemoniak. Selon le ministre des affaires étrangères, cette visite a réaffirmé le rôle essentiel de la Pologne dans l'élaboration de la politique étrangère de l'UE. A Varsovie, Federica Mogherini a déclaré que les pays européens devaient rediscuter leur stratégie vis-à-vis de la Russie, compte-tenu du signal "très négatif" que constituent les élections organisées par les séparatistes dans les provinces orientales de l'Ukraine...


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8 août 2014 5 08 /08 /août /2014 18:35
Vietnam-Pologne : renforcement de la coopération dans la défense

Le ministre vietnamien de la Défense, Phung Quang Thanh et son homologue polonais Tomasz Siemoniak. (Photo/VNA)


07/08/2014 Vietnam +


Le ministre vietnamien de la Défense, le général Phung Quang Thanh, a reçu mercredi à Hanoi une délégation de haut rang du ministère polonais de la Défense conduite par son ministre Tomasz Siemoniak, en visite officielle au Vietnam jusqu’au 8 août.


Cette visite a pour objet d'intensifier la coopération Vietnam-Pologne dans la défense, ce qui contribuera, par ailleurs, à consolider et à développer les relations d’amitié et de coopération multiforme entre les armées comme entre les peuples des deux pays.


Lors de leur entretien qui a eu lieu le 6 août, les deux parties ont évalué les résultats de leur coopération, notamment en suite de la visite en 2013 en Pologne du ministre Phung Quang Thanh, et conformément au mémorandum de coopération bilatérale dans la défense convenu en 2010 par les deux ministères de la Défense.


Elles ont également discuté des futurs contenus et mesures de promotion de la coopération dans la défense, de questions régionales et internationales d’intérêt commun, de l'échange de délégations de divers échelons, ainsi que du prochain déploiement de crédits à taux préférentiel du gouvernement polonais.


De même, l’hôte et son invité ont été unanimes pour confier aux organes compétents de leurs pays l'élaboration de plans de coopération dans les secteurs de cette dernière comme, par exemple, l'industrie de la défense, les dialogues stratégiques au niveau vice-ministériel.


Le ministre polonais de la Défense Tomasz Siemoniak a précisé que son pays est prêt à partager ses expériences avec l’Armée populaire du Vietnam en vue de sa participation à des missions de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies... pour la paix, la stabilité, le développement et la prospérité dans la région comme dans le monde.


Lors de cette visite au Vietnam, la délégation de haut rang du ministère polonais de la Défense ira fleurir le Monument commémoratif des Héros morts pour la Patrie, visitera le mausolée du Président Ho Chi Minh, puis rendra visite à la division de l’Armée 308, au Commandement de la Marine du Vietnam, avant d'aller découvrir l’usine de construction navale Hong Ha du Département général de l’industrie de la défense

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