PGZ S.A. and Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A., a company belonging to the PGZ Group, have signed a co-operation agreement with the American company Digital Globe. The main element of this agreement is the so-called Direct Access Program (DAP) which enables the acquisition of high resolution satellite images from Digital Globe’s constellation of surveillance satellites.
On Tuesday, 12 December 2017, the official ceremony of signing a memorandum of understanding between PGZ S.A., WZE S.A., and the American company Digital Globe took place at the offices of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A..
“Today’s event is a very important step on the path to providing the Polish Armed Forces with satellite imaging surveillance capabilities.PGZ’s goal is to provide the Ministry of National Defence with as many satellite images of the selected regions of interest as possible,” said the vice-president of PGZ S.A.’s board Maciej Lew-Mirski after signing the agreement.
The most important element of this agreement is the so-called Direct Access Program (DAP).After implementation the DAP will enable PGZ to acquire high resolution images (up to 30 cm) without the need to obtain government licences or having its own surveillance satellite.The satellites from Digital Globes’s constellation will receive instructions directly from a ground complex scheduled for construction on the premises of WZE S.A. in Zielonka.
“Introducing the DAP service to our portfolio will allow us to offer a commercial service of access to high-resolution satellite data from American satellites.We believe that the co-operation initiated today will be very valuable to the Ministry of National Defence, because it will enable us to acquire images of interesting areas until such time as the Polish Armed Forces can use their own surveillance satellite,” added Maciej Lew-Mirski.
The vice-president of Digital GLobe, Jeff Kerridge, stressed during the meeting that the signed memorandum is of key importance to the growth of his company’s business in Central and Eastern Europe.Implementation of the DAP service at PGZ will make it possible to tighten the co-operation of both companies not only on the local, but also on the regional level.
Digital Globe is a global leader in the field of acquiring and analysing high-resolution geo-satellite data. It owns and operates a constellation of surveillance satellites: Ikonos, QuickBird, GeoEye1, WorldView1, WorldView2, WorldView3, and WorldView4.Digital Globe is the only company in the world to deliver 30 cm class images, which is the highest commercially available resolution.Each day, Digital Globe’s customers receive 4.6 million square kilometres of new photographs.Thus, Digital Globe’s archive is constantly increasing its resources, which today amount to 90 petabytes of data, which corresponds to 43 times the mass of Earth.Digital Globe’s products and services are used by government agencies and armies from all over the world, including, starting with this year, the Polish Armed Forces.By offering comprehensive and unique geo-spatial solutions, Digital Globe has the ambition to become a long-term partner to the Polish Army’s units that carry out surveillance, analysis, and intelligence operations.
Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A. (WZE S.A.) is a leading entity of PGZ’s special electronics segment. The company has competencies in the field of radiolocation, missile anti-air defence, and electronic warfare.The company is currently reinforcing its competencies in the field of repairs, modernisations, modifications, and production of missile, electronic warfare, and inertial navigation systems.A new area of the WZE S.A.’s operations is the field of space and satellite technologies, as part of which the company has established co-operation with key partners operating in the market of space technologies.
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) is a leader of the Polish industry and one of the largest defence groups in Europe.It concentrates more than 60 companies (from defence, shipyard, and new technologies sectors), achieving annual revenue of approximately 5 billion PLN.By making use of the technology Polonisation potential, close co-operation with Polish scientists, and focus on the research and development process, PGZ offers innovative products which enhance Poland’s security.PGZ offers, among other things: the very short-range anti-air defence system comprising the “Poprad” system and the “Soła" radar; the “Grom” and “Piorun” man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems; the “Pilica” very short-range anti-air missile and artillery system; the PGZ-19R unmanned aerial verhicle system; the “Rosomak” wheeled armoured personnel carrier; the “Rak” self-propelled mortar; the artillery system comprising the “Krab” self-propelled gun-howitzer; the individual soldier equipment with “Beryl” and “Grot” assault rifles.PGZ also has competencies in designing, construction, and furnishing of sea vessels.Furthermore, PGZ modernises and provides maintenance for vehicles, airplanes, helicopters, and vessels (including the equipment used by the former USSR).In the coming years, PGZ will be developing aerospace and satellite technologies, as well as cyber technologies.back to articles