Rzeszów University of Technology, Kielce University of Technology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, and Kazimierz Pułaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom – these are the universities that have joined the group of academic centres collaborating with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. in order to contribute to the national defence industry. The guest of honour at the ceremony was the Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence, Mr Bartosz Kownacki.
The agreements between these academic centres and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. were signed on 28 April 2017 at the offices of Huta Stalowa Wola S.A., one of PGZ Group’s leading companies. The subject-matter of the agreements signed covers, in particular, joint development works in the field of military technologies. The works will be related primarily to structures and technologies used in innovative products to be used by the Polish Armed Forces. The universities will be even more actively involved in the process of training specialists for the Polish defence industry.
The documents signed establish grounds for broad-spectrum co-operation between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Rzeszów University of Technology, Kielce University of Technology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, and Kazimierz Pułaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom. This co-operation consist in joint development works in the field of defence technologies (including eventual commercialisation of the solutions developed), applying for financial support for the research and development projects, promoting the results of the joint works in the scientific and industrial community, organising joint conferences, trainings, and workshops, organising internships and vocational trainings in companies forming Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa. One of the key premises of the agreements concluded is creation of new faculties, majors, and courses dedicated to the needs of Polish defence industry and national security.
“One of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa’s priorities is to create a platform for effective co-operation between the industry and the academic community. We are counting on the potential of Polish scientists, engineers, and designers. We want the hardware than ends up being used by Polish Armed Forces to be based to the greatest extent possible on Polish technological potential. I am convinced that tightening the bonds between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and the world of science will soon result in reliable, innovative products for Polish soldiers, and it will also contribute to building the competitive advantage of domestic defence industry,” said Błażej Wojnicz, President of the Board of PGZ S.A.
Pursuant to the agreement signed the academic personnel of John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin will be involved in the joint development works in the field of defence technologies. The agreement also provides for Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa supporting this institution during the process of creating new faculties and majors, also those dedicated to the needs of the newly-formed Territorial Defence Forces.
The Rzeszów University of Technology will collaborate with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa during development works in the field of aviation, space, and satellite projects, as well as projects related to anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence, unmanned aerial vehicle systems, command and battlefield imaging systems, firearms, artillery, and missile weaponry. Scientists from the Rzeszów University of Technology will also support Polish defence industry in the field of innovative electronic technologies.
The agreement signed by Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. and the Kielce University of Technology provides for joint development works related to guidance systems, dynamics, and control of mobile objects, innovative production technologies, and modern materials. Their collaboration will also include the works on using composite materials, e.g. the so-called “metallic foam”. The agreement also stipulates that a UAV Weaponry Research Centre will be established basing on the scientific, research, and laboratory capabilities of the Kielce University of Technology in order to create support facilities for the defence companies consolidated in the PGZ Group.
Furthermore, the Kazimierz Pułaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom provides Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa with the capabilities of its Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the area of technology, general engineering, vehicle diagnostics and operation, as well as physical tests. The Faculty of Transport and Electronic Engineering of this Radom university also has capabilities in the area of research and implementation works in the field of prototyping electronics, electric technology, and electric drives, robotics systems software, as well as tests of reliability and safety of technical systems.
The Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) is a leader of the Polish industry and one of the largest defence concerns in Europe. It concentrates over 60 companies (fields: defence, shipyards, new technologies), reaching annual revenues at PLN 5 billion. The use of the potential for polonisation of technology, close cooperation with Polish science and the emphasis on the R&D process, the PGZ offers innovative products for security enhancement. The PGZ offers i.a. very short range air defence systems with the POPRAD system and the SOŁA radar; the GROM mobile air defence system; the E-310 unmanned aerial vehicle system; the ROSOMAK wheeled armoured vehicle; KRAB artillery system with a self-propelled howitzer; individual soldier's outfit with BERYL carbines. The PGZ is also competent in designing, construction and providing equipment for ships. Moreover, the PGZ provides modernisation and servicing of vehicle, aircrafts, helicopters, ships (also the equipment of former USSR). In the coming years the PGZ will develop space and satellite technologies as well as cyber technologies.
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