Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A. owned by Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and American Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems have concluded a Letter Subcontract that enables the commencement of the preparations to manufacture and integrate Data Link Terminal Modules for the “Wisła” system.
The document-signing ceremony taking place at the offices of Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A. in Zielonka was attended by: Member of the Board of PGZ S.A. Radosław Domagalski-Łabędzki and John Baird, Vice-President for integrated anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence systems for Poland at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.
This agreement is yet another step in the partnership between PGZ and Raytheon IDS with respect to the production and deliveries of the “Wisła” system for the Polish Armed Forces. In March 2019 an analogous document pertaining to the M903 launcher for the PATRIOT system was signed by Huta Stalowa Wola S.A.. In the coming months the contract document will be subject to audits and approval as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procedure.
“The Letter Subcontract signed today confirms that companies belonging to Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa may be a partner for leading American arms corporations. We enter Raytheon’s global supply chain. This is a great opportunity for growth for Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne, and a confirmation of our company’s capabilities and competencies,” said Member of the Board of PGZ S.A. Radosław Domagalski-Łabędzki.
The DLTMs are critical components of the M903 launcher that forms the configuration of the “Wisła” anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence system. By performing the contract at WZE S.A. we will establish capacities for production and maintenance of this type of electronic modules, and the company itself will be included in the group of Raytheon’s certified sub-suppliers as part of the so-called Global Supply Chain.
“Our facility already offers most of the skills required to produce the DLTMs. We have acquired this experience while repairing and retrofitting military hardware for the Polish Armed Forces that use other American solutions,” said Przemysław Kowalczuk, Ph.D., president of the board of WZE S.A.. “We are forward-thinkers, so Raytheon’s acceptance of the first DTLM will grant us the status of a certified sub-supplier, which will provide us with the potential to perform other contracts for supply of such solutions for the PATRIOT system,” he added.
The batteries delivered to Poland during the 1st stage of the “Wisła” programme will be equipped with launchers that will be produced by the domestic defence industry with great contribution to the production of the launchers and their components provided by Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. and other PGZ companies. PGZ Group companies will also be responsible for maintenance and retrofits of the launcher systems. The M903 launchers will be used in the PATRIOT systems manufactured for other countries, which opens the door for PGZ to acquire further orders.
“While continuing the offset negotiations with PGZ, Raytheon is focusing on the development of Polish industry through contracts such as the one concluded with WZE,”said Pete Bata, director of the WISŁA programme at Raytheon. “Raytheon has been Poland’s long-term partner and we would like to continue this co-operation for many years to come.”
The PGZ-WISŁA Consortium responsible for performing the “Wisła” programme on PGZ’s side consists of 14 entities: PGZ S.A. (consortium leader), 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.. Furthermore, some of the other PGZ Group companies will also take part in the “Wisła” programme as sub-suppliers.back to articles