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Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and I3TO together for the Polish Armed Forces

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and I3TO together for the Polish Armed Forces 01.06.2017

On 1 June, during Pro Defense 2017 Trade Fairs organized in Ostróda, Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. and the Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies (I3TO) signed a framework cooperation agreement.

The framework cooperation agreement was signed by Błażej Wojnicz – Chairman of the Manageemnt Board of PGZ S.A., Szczepan Ruman – Member of the Management Board of PGZ S.A. and Col Sławomir Augustyn, D.Sc. Eng. – Head of the Inspectorate for Implementation of Defence Technologies.

Execution of the document marks the launch of cooperation between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. and I3TO within the scope of innovative technological solutions which may be used in production of equipment and armament for Armed Forces and in manufacture of products that have already been developed and that meet innovation criteria.The framework cooperation agreement pertains in particular to transfer of information and knowledge falling within new technologies that may be used in the Polish Armed Forces.  Under the agreement signed in Ostróda PGZ S.A. and I3TO will organize common undertakings in an attempt to update knowledge of the parties to the arrangement within the scope of innovative military technologies used by the Polish Armed Forces.

 “Providing the Armed Forces with armament and equipment using state‑of‑the‑art and most innovative technologies is one of the main objectives of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa.  However, fulfillment of that objective is contingent upon efficient dialogue and close cooperation between the military and the industry.  The agreement that we have just signed will make it possible to integrate the research and development works carried out within the structure of the PGZ Group with the requirements and expectations of the Armed Forces,” said Błażej Wojnicz, Chairman of the Management Board of PGZ S.A.

 “Cooperation between I3TO and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa is a step to a right direction.Integration of intellectual potential that can be found in the Armed Forces and in the defense industry will result in better equipment and armament for Polish soldiers.  In consequence, this will translate into improved operational efficiency of the Armed Forces and into an increased country safety level.  With this agreement, the vast intellectual, technological and project potential of the Armed Forces and of the Polish defense industry will be unlocked and will yield actual benefits,” said Col Sławomir Auustyn, Sc. D., Eng., Head of the Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies.

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. and the Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies will also cooperate with other industrial entities and with units dealing with scientific research and R&D whose findings and results may be used in the defense industry and in the Armed Forces, i.e. mainly with universities, R&D centers and research institutes.

The framework cooperation agreement also entails joint efforts of PGZ S.A. and I3TO in carrying out project for the European Defence Agency, as well as cooperation within the scope of acquiring support measures from EU programs, the European Space Agency and the European Defence Agency.

Development, acquisition and implementation of innovative technologies is one of the strategic objectives of the activity of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A., which has its own R&D centers, e.g. Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Centrum Techniki Morskiej S.A. in Gdynia, Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe at Zakłady Mechaniczne “Tarnów” S.A., Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Urządzeń Mechanicznych “OBRUM” sp. z o.o., Centrum Innowacji i Wdrożeń Grupy Amunicyjno-Rakietowej at MESKO S.A. and Centrum Kompetencyjne Systemów Bezzałogowych Statków Powietrznych at Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 2 S.A. in Bydgoszcz. Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. also cooperates with military and civilian universities, e.g. War Studies University, Military University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Rzeszów University of Technology, John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, Kielce University of Technology, and Kazimierz Pułaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom.

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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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