Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. and its Ośrodek Badań Rozwojowych Centrum Techniki Morskiej SA will cooperate with 40 European entities in the OCEAN 2020 program. It is one of the first pan-European military research projects financed by the European Defense Fund. The aim of the project is to develop the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles and offshore and underwater platforms in recon and surveillance of sea basins.
PGZ Group and its OBR CTM will participate in one of the latest projects of the European Defense Agency - OCEAN 2020, very highly rated by EDA in the first competition of the PADR pilot program (Preparatory Action on Defense Research). The project aims to expand the capabilities of allied navies in surveillance and reconnaissance in EU territorial waters using unmanned systems, including aircraft and naval and submarine platforms. PGZ together with OBR CTM will bring their experience in the construction and integration of marine observation systems - land and ship-based, developed for the Polish Navy to the consortium. The Polish defense industry will cooperate, among others in the development of the system's design, its integration, preparation of exercises, including support for participation in exercises of the Polish Navy, as well as the development of conclusions and a summary of the effects of the project.
The OCEAN2020 team, led by the Italian company Leonardo, includes 42 partners from 15 European countries. These include the defense ministries of Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Lithuania, with additional support from ministries from Sweden, France, Great Britain, Estonia and the Netherlands (talks with the Polish Ministry of Defense are in progress). Industrial partners include Indra, Safran, Saab, MBDA, PGZ / OBR CTM, Hensoldt, Intracom-IDE, Fincantieri and QinetiQ. Among the research centers involved in this program, you can mention, among others Fraunhofer, TNO, CMRE (NATO) and IAI.
– Participation in the OCEAN 2020 project is a great opportunity for us. There is no doubt that unmanned platforms play an increasingly important role in modern armed forces, including in the navy. The unification of systems used by European armies is the right direction, which will translate not only to the increase of our security, but also to the increase in the competitiveness of defense industries from the Old Continent. Participation in such a large program is a great opportunity for Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa to acquire new competences and expand the portfolio of solutions that we offer to the Polish Armed Forces and our allies – said Maciej Lew-Mirski, a member of PGZ S.A.'s Managing Board.
OCEAN2020 is the first pan-European military research program. The aim of the project is to test the system of unmanned air, marine and submersible platforms, cooperating with operated marine observation systems. The effects of the work will ultimately translate into more effective control of maritime areas around the European Union.
The project involves two exercises - the first in the Mediterranean (in 2019), organized by the Italian navy assisted by Leonardo and the second - summarizing, in the Baltic Sea (in 2020), prepared by Svenska Marinen in cooperation with the Swedish industry defense. The data collected during these tests will be sent to the prototype European command and control center in Brussels after processing.
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