MOSCOW, February 24 (RIA Novosti)
The Polish government has terminated a warship building project seen as a drain on the nation’s resources, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Friday.
“Vast amounts of money are still being spent on the Polish military that simply have nothing to do with defense,” Polish Radio External Service quoted him as saying.
The prime minister said the project will be terminated “despite opposition from the navy” as it was “senseless” to maintain an enterprise that costs 30 million zloty a year (7.2 million euro).
Poland launched the project in 2001, under Prime Minister Leszek Miller.
It was initially planned that Poland would build six so-called Gawron (Rook) Corvettes: small, state of the art warships that would be capable of combating ships and submarines as well as taking part in rescue operations.
The cost was initially set at 250 million zloty per vessel (60 million euro), but the project then changed to three vessels at a cost of 1.5 billion zloty each (360 million euro each). However, after more than a decade, not one warship has been built.
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