On July 20, 2017 Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A (PGZ) and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning, among others, unmanned aircraft systems, comprehensive aerial reconnaissance systems, electronic warfare systems and aviation platforms.
The execution of the collaboration agreement constitutes another step towards establishing a business partnership between PGZ S.A., IAI Ltd. and ELTA Systems Ltd, IAI's subsidiary.
In the MOU, the parties express their willingness to cooperate in promoting, marketing and sales, as well as in licensed production and joint elaboration of future products for various modernization projects in Poland. PGZ S.A., IAI and ELTA Systems also decided that they will take joint action with a view to export jointly-elaborated products. Under the executed MOU, PGZ S.A. and the Israeli parties will also review the modernization programs of the Polish Armed Forces which may use technological solutions and products offered by IAI.
Błażej Wojnicz, president of the Management Board of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. said: "The Memorandum of Understanding which we have just signed opens a prospect of acquiring new industrial competencies by the Polish Armaments Group and using them not only for technical modernization of the Polish Armed Forces, but also in other business projects ensuring the security of the allied countries. The possibilities of cooperation between PGZ and IAI are very wide. They also comprise transfer of innovative aerial technologies to PGZ companies. The business forecasts of potential implementation of joint projects give reason for optimism.”
Joseph Weiss, IAI's President and CEO said: “We are eager to take our business in Poland to the next level with our partners from PGZ. We are certain that the partnership will be a long-term, strategic one, combining the advanced technological capabilities of IAI and the PGZ companies. The synergy will provide solutions for the modernization of the Polish army and contribute to the Polish economy and security".
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa:
PGZ S.A. 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.
Israel Aerospace Industries:
IAI Ltd. is Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company and a globally recognized technology and innovation leader, specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide including: satellites, missiles, weapon systems and munitions, unmanned and robotic systems, radars, C4ISR and more. IAI also designs and manufactures business jets and aerostructures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refueling and cargo configurations.back to articles