The signing of the intergovernmental contract on 28 March marks the start of the implementation of the largest in the history of the Polish Armed Forces, the programme of acquiring anti-aircraft defence systems and the WISŁA medium range missile defence system. Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, as an offset recipient and a partner of American industry, will carry out many tasks in this project.
The agreement, the so-called Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LoA), was signed by the Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak on the premises of PIT-Radwar S.A., a company belonging to the PGZ Group. The ceremony was attended by President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, U.S. Ambassador Paul W. Jones and President of the Management Board of PGZ S.A. Dr Jakub Skiba, together with Paweł Piec and Michał Kuczmierowski, members of the Management Board.
As part of the first stage of the WISŁA programme, Poland will acquire two batteries (16 launchers) of the Patriot system, integrated with the IBCS air defence command module and 208 PAC-3 MSE missiles. Earlier, on March 23rd, offset agreements related to the programme were signed, worth nearly PLN 950 million, which will directly translate into an increase in the technical and technological level of the Polish defence industry. Additionally, it is estimated that as a result of orders from foreign entities and the Ministry of National Defence, the PGZ Group may obtain up to PLN 1.4 billion.
"The Polish government's designation of PGZ as an offsetter and partner in the first stage of the WISŁA project is a great opportunity for the Group, but also a great challenge. Thanks to this work, investments and the transfer of competences, we will deliver the components for the implementation of the first phase and create the conditions for effective absorption of the technology critical for the success of the second phase of the programme - the low-cost efector," said Dr. Jakub Skiba, President of the Management Board of PGZ S.A., after signing the agreement.
"At the same time, we are intensifying our activities concerning the NAREW programme, which is the next layer of the anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence systems - a short range system. The synergy of these two programmes, thanks to the involvement of Polish industry in both of them, will allow us to spread over Poland a multi-layered umbrella protecting us against all means of air attack and threats from the air, such as planes or short-range ballistic missiles" - he added.
An essential part of the first phase of the WISŁA programme is the acquisition of products that form the basis of the Patriot missile launcher M903 system, which will provide PGZ with the technology and know-how to manufacture more than 90% of the launchers and their components as a result of intergovernmental negotiations. All batteries delivered to Poland will be equipped with launchers, a significant part of which will be built in the domestic defense industry. Such a solution will also reduce the life cycle-cost (LCC) of M903 systems, the use and modernization of which will be carried out by the Group companies.
The WISŁA system will also contain many other elements to be manufactured in Poland: the Patriot system will operate on Polish vehicles, elements of the communication system and the command subsystem will also be implemented, manufactured in the plants comprising the PGZ. Ultimately, the Group will also provide P18PL Early Detection radars with stealth target detection capability and PCL-PET, i.e. passive radio-location systems. These products will also be used in the NAREW programme. The successful implementation of this programme will be the responsibility of the PGZ Consortium, based on the knowledge and experience gained from on the implementation of the WISŁA programme.
It should be stressed that the technologies and know-how acquired as a result of the first phase of the WISŁA programme go far beyond production. Concrete preparations have been made for the successful implementation of the second phase of the programme. It is crucial to establish a certified Centre of Production Administration and Management (CAdm). It is to be a centre providing comprehensive support for and monitor progress on major technical modernisation programmes such as NAREW. The competences acquired as part of the CAdm project will enable optimisation of the arms purchase process and will strengthen PGZ's position as a strategic entity in the state security system, responsible for both providing modern weapons to the Polish Armed Forces, and modernising and servicing them.
The consortium responsible for the WISŁA program from the PGZ side is comprised of fourteen entities:PGZ S.A., Huta Stalowa Wola S.A., MESKO S.A., PIT-RADWAR S.A., Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A., Jelcz Sp. z o.o., Autosan Sp. z o.o., Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Centrum Techniki Morskiej S.A. Wojskowe Zakłady Uzbrojenia S.A., Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów S.A., Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 S.A., Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 2 S.A., PCO S.A, and Wojskowe Zakłady Łączności nr 1 S.A. Some companie belonging to the Group will also perform work as subcontractors of the above entities.back to articles