4 January 2018 in Wojskowe Centralne Biuro Konstrukcyjno-Technologiczne S.A. in Warsaw the Centre for Aircraft Ground Handling Equipment Supply & Service was opened. The Centre will primarily be tasked with comprehensive solutions in aircraft ground handling equipment for all types of aircraft used in Polish Armed Forces.
– The event today is an important step towards a full Polonization of aircraft ground handling for Polish Armed Forces. As the result of efforts undertaken for example by Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa the Airforce will now be logistically supported on top level – commented Adam Lesiński, a member of PGZ S.A.'s Managing Board, during the event.
The resolution to create the competence centre was adopted by the Managing Board of PGZ S.A. on 20 December 2017. Its concept was the result of collaborations by Aircraft Technology team from the Polish Armed Forces Support Inspectorate, WCBKT S.A. and Aircraft Platfrom Office of PGZ S.A. .
– The opening of the Centre also means that Wojskowe Centralne Biuro Konstrukcyjno-Technologiczne S.A. may become now the entity responsible for both supply and maintenance of aircraft ground handling equipment used in Polish Armed Forces, which will greatly expand our current service scope - added Adam Lesiński.
When preparing to open the Centre, WCBKT S.A. signed many contracts with foreign partners, including BAE Systems and Ukraine's Ukroboronservice. In 2017 During the International Defence Industry Exhibition a cooperation agreement to create the Centre was signed between PGZ's companies: Wytwórnia Sprzętu Komunikacyjnego „PZL-Kalisz”, Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 S.A., Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 2 S.A., Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 4 S.A. and Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A. Therefore WCBKT S.A. acquired set of competences for the full range of aircraft ground handling equipment used in Polish Armed Forces, regardless of its country of origin.
Wojskowe Centralne Biuro Konstrukcyjno-Technologiczne S.A. deals in building and manufacturing modern defence equipment. It stems from Experimental Production Plant of the Military Technical Academy, established in 1968. Now it mainly focuses on securing the needs of Polish Armed Forces for supply of aircraft ground handling equipment and training equipment for the Army.
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