From 16 to 21 April, in Huntsville in USA another round of meetings took place dedicated to Poland’s acquisition of a medium-range anti-missile and anti-air defence system WISŁA. Furthermore, during his visit the president of PGZ S.A. Mr Jakub Skiba also participated in a meeting at the US Department of State to hold talks concerning the programme’s co-ordination. PGZ is the leader of the consortium responsible for building the WISŁA system from the defence industry’s side.
During the talks the attending parties established international working groups composed of government and defence industry representatives. The negotiations pertained to agreeing details of carrying out deliveries for the first stage of the WISŁA programme, including the participation of Polish industry, as well as making arrangements for the second stage. PGZ S.A. is simultaneously holding talks with its American partners concerning the contracts for the performance of offset obligations. Preparations for concluding co-operation agreements are also ongoing. On Tuesday, 24 April, the president of PGZ S.A. Mr Jakub Skiba met with the representative of the US Department of State, Mr Lee Litzenberger.
“Our talks concerned the current status of the WISŁA programme and the opportunities offered by our co-operation. Currently, together with our American partners we are arranging the details of the works aimed at integrating this system in the supply chain. We are doing our best to maximise our participation in the WISŁA programme and to establish as broad a co-operation as possible with American industry. Incorporating PGZ in the production of the Patriot system’s components is not only a great opportunity for Polish economy, but also an opportunity to expand our competencies in the anti-air and anti-missile defence segment,” Mr Skiba said after the meeting. “It is worth noting that I spoke with a high-ranking representative of the Department of State. This institution usually avoids contacts with representatives of the defence industry of the countries that purchase arms from American manufacturers.”
On Wednesday, 25 April, the Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak joined the talks concerning the WISŁA programme in the United States. The schedule of his visit includes meetings with John Bolton, the National Security Advisor of the United States (26 April), and James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defence (27 April). During his visit to the US the Minister will also speak with the representatives of the Congress.
During the first stage of the WISŁA programme Poland will acquire two batteries (16 launchers) of the Patriot system integrated with IBCS air defence management module, as well as a set of PAC-3 MSE missiles. The concluded offset contracts worth nearly 950 million zlotys will translate directly into a growth of the Group’s technical and technological capacity. The negotiations pertaining to the second stage of the WISŁA programme focus on acquiring as broad a transfer of technology as possible with respect to the low-cost interceptor missile (LCI) that is to act as the system’s primary effector, as well as an omni-directional radar.
The consortium responsible for completing the WISŁA programme on PGZ’s side is composed 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 of the Group’s companies will work as sub-suppliers for the above-mentioned entities.back to articles