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Poland signs deal with France's DCNS to work on submarines

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Poland's state-run defense firm PGZ has signed a memorandum of understanding with French military shipbuilder DCNS that could allow them to work together on building submarines in Poland.

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The agreement marks an improvement in relations between Poland and France after Warsaw last year canceled a preliminary $3.4 billion helicopter deal with France's Airbus, a decision which has angered Paris.

"The signed agreement guarantees PGZ and the shipyards owned by PGZ... a possibility to co-operate on building submarines in Poland," PGZ's Chief Executive Arkadiusz Siwko said in a statement published by the company.

Both sides expressed their willingness to cooperate on Polish plans to obtain submarines, coastal defense ships and patrol ships able to combat mines, PGZ said.

Warsaw plans to devote 61 billion zlotys ($15 billion) by 2022 on acquiring military hardware, including three submarines.

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