Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa signed with Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) a memorandum on establishing conditions and rules for technology transfer of Beryl M762 carbines in Nigeria.
On Monday, 26 March, a memorandum with the Nigerian company DICON was ceremoniously signed at the Łucznik Arms Factory in Radom. The memorandum sets out the rules and conditions for the three-stage transfer of technology for the production of Beryl M762 carbines in Nigeria. Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa was represented by the President of the Managing Board, Dr. Jakub Skiba, and members of the Board, Paweł Pelc and Michał Kuczmierowski, while the Nigerian side was represented by the Director-General of DICON, Major General Bamidele Olaleke Ogunkale, and the Director of the Legal Office, DICON, Kike Abiodun Bello. The memorandum was signed in the presence of the Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence, Sebastian Chwałek.
"The Abuja Armed Forces have been using Beryl M762 carbines for several years now, and the very good reputation of these carbines was one of the main reasons why our Nigerian partners chose them as products which could become essential equipment for their soldiers. This is a great opportunity not only for the Radom Arms Factory, but also for other companies of the Group to build a bridgehead for further expansion in the local markets on the basis of this cooperation," said the President of the Managing Board of PGZ S.A., Dr. Jakub Skiba, after signing the memorandum.
Beryl M762 is the equivalent of the modified carbine model 96C used by the Polish Armed Forces. The only difference is the ammunition - the M762 version uses 7.62 mm x 39 cartridges, while in Poland 5.56 mm x 45 ammunition is used. In February 2015, the first batch of 1000 Polish Beryls M762 with repair kits was delivered to the Nigerian army. This was the result of an agreement worth over PLN 3.3 million, signed between the Arms Factory and the Nigerian army in 2014. Another contract was concluded at the beginning of 2015 and covered the sale of 500 Beryl M762 rifled for 7.62 mm x 39 cartridges and 10 compact carbines Mini Beryl M556 for 5.56 mm x 45 ammunition, which were delivered at the end of June 2015. The PGZ Group companies also delivered training systems dedicated to Beryl carbines.
"The representatives of the Nigerian Armed Forces praise the reliability, ease of use and ergonomics of our Beryls. The difficult climatic conditions and the asymmetric nature of the threats that Nigerian military forces face on a daily basis create a demand for robust products. It is all the more pleasing that this product is the carbines from Łucznik" - said Adam Suliga, President of the Managing Board of the Łucznik Arms Factory (Fabryka Broni Łucznik).
"The memorandum is another step on the path of cooperation with Nigeria. Developing an effective technology transfer model in partnership with DICON will expand our competence for further expansion into foreign markets and strengthen our position among other potential partners. – added a member of the Managing Board of Łucznik Arms Factory, Maciej Borecki.
Defence Industries Corportation of Nigeria, DICON, is a state-owned Nigerian company, subordinated to the Nigerian Armed Forces. It mostly deals in special trade, namely the production of defense equipment and civil market products, with special emphasis on firearms and their munitions.
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