On May 10, near the village of Semirovice (near the city of Gdynia Pomerania), the formation of the 1st missile battalion of anti-ship coastal defense complexes was completed. The division was created on January 1, 2011, but began to be completed only in the fall of 2012. This decision was made by the Polish leadership, taking into account the plans for the purchase of weapons for the Polish Navy for the period from 2012 to 2030. This division, as well as the planned two more, to maintain combat potential, will replace most of the surface ships of the Polish Navy, which will be decommissioned between 2016 and 2022.
The division consists of two batteries, 3 launchers each. Each launcher carries 4 missiles. The division also has 6 weapons control vehicles, 3 mobile communication centers (one divisional, 2 battery level), 3 command vehicles, two transport-charging vehicles (TZM), 2 TRS-15 s "Odra" radars. The division is covered by a battery of two platoons ZSU-23-4MP Biała.
The division is equipped with equipment of joint Polish-Norwegian production. The main weapon of the complex is the anti-ship missile NSM (Naval Strike Missile) - developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. These are cruise missiles with a launch range of up to 200 km and carries 120 kg. explosive.
The rocket is guided at the target by a multichannel passive homing head (GOS), using GPS, infrared and thermal guidance in the final approach to the target, the rocket is made using stealth technology, which makes it difficult to find it. Also, the entire flight regime takes place almost over the very surface of the sea. The GOS search system has an internal “friend or foe” query base and a ship classifier that allows you to identify targets and avoid mistakes. These missiles are installed on Norwegian frigates and are included in the list of F-35 weapons in the air-to-surface class.
The advantages of the latest Norwegian missiles have been confirmed by a series of recent tests carried out in the presence of Polish experts at the US Navy training ground in California. The Sea Shield battalion cost the Polish budget over 700 million zlotys (340 million dollars) with additional missiles.
Wheeled chassis and all electronic equipment based on it are made in Poland. Almost half of the money transferred to the purchase invoices will remain in the country because the Norwegian concern created launchers, as well as the necessary vehicles and electronic equipment in cooperation with Polish firms.
Kongsberg also ordered the latest version of TRS-15 s "Odra" radars from Bumaru Elektronika's Warsaw factories. Electronic devices and programs integrating NDR with the eba naval command system, as well as part of the radio stations, were created by the efforts of the Center for Maritime Technology in Gdynia.
Military officials claim that the complex can attack not only surface, but also ground targets. For this, a single artillery and aviation control center will be created. According to some Internet sources (https://www.tvn24.pl), the division is reliably blocking ships from leaving Baltiysk.