According to a press release published by Saab on November 25, 2022, the company has signed a contract with the Polish State Treasury Armament Agency for design, production, and support of two ships for Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) for Poland.
The total order value corresponds to approximately EUR 620 million with deliveries planned during 2027. The order is expected to be booked by Saab before year-end.
A SIGINT ship is used to support the acquisition of intelligence data across the full spectrum of naval intelligence capabilities. Saab will serve as prime contractor, designing and producing the two ships including the integration of advanced mission systems. The ships will be built by subcontractor Remontowa Shipbuilding SA in Poland.
The Saab Group has some experience in building Signal Intelligence ships, having built two ships for the Royal Swedish Navy, HSwMS Orion and HSwMS Artemis.
HSwMS Orion (A201) is a signals intelligence gathering vessel of the Swedish Navy. She was launched in 1984. She was built with extensive support from the United States National Security Agency.
On 17 April 2017 a new intelligence ship was ordered, HSwMS Artemis, from the Saab Group. Construction started on 1 March 2018 at the Polish shipyard Nauta which was selected by Sweden to build the new ship.
HSwMS Artemis is a signals intelligence gathering vessel currently being constructed for the Swedish Navy. The ship will be 74 meters (242 ft 9 in) long and it will have a displacement of 2,200 tons.