From 3 to 6 September the 27th edition of the International Defence Industry Salon was taking place in Kielce. The PGZ Group was one of the most visible participants in this event, and as its strategic partner it presented a number of solutions for the Polish Armed Forces, as well as a broad export offering addressed to uniformed services and allied forces. Furthermore, a number of contracts for the Group’s equipment have been signed, and the PGZ hall was visited by many esteemed guests, including the President of the Republic of Poland, the Head of Armed Forces Andrzej Duda.
Just like each year, PGZ presented several hundred products that satisfy the demand of nearly all types of armed force: from soldier’s personal equipment, through tank destroyers, APCs, self-propelled mortars, gun-howitzers, tanks, and battlefield management systems, to modernisation proposal for the Mi-24 gunship and anti-air defence systems. One of the main attractions was the New Amphibious IFV BORSUK, presented with great pomp in the presence of the Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak. The visitors to the expo also showed great interest in the modular, multi-variant offering of tank destroyers on three different caterpillar chasses prepared for Armed Forces as part of the technical dialogue for the OTTOKAR-BRZOZA programme that pertains to anti-armour artillery. Another important element of the Group’s exhibit were the short- and very short-range anti-air and anti-missile defence systems, such as the PILICA and POPRAD systems, as well as proposed configurations of the EMADS system launchers on a Jelcz chassis as a solution for the NAREW programme. The TYTAN system was also presented. It provides soldiers with equipment and arms that meet the challenges of 21st century battlefields and acts as a support system for motorised infantry.
PGZ Group’s participation in the Expo in Kielce was also related to the contracts concluded with both the Arms Inspectorate and international contractors. On the first day of the Expo the Arms Inspectorate placed orders with the Group’s companies for more than 720 million zlotys. The Armed Forces bought the deployable BYSTRA radiolocation stations, command vehicles based on the KTO Rosomak 8x8, as well as optoelectronic equipment produced by PCO S.A.
An important element of this year’s presence of PGZ at the Expo in Kielce was the presentation of the tank destroyed armed with accurate anti-armour Brimstone ordnance held together with MBDA. Both companies also signed a declaration of jointly offering this solution to Poland and for export. In this way PGZ guaranteed for itself a transfer of technology and know-how for the CAMM and Brimstone ordnance. Furthermore, MESKO also signed a contract with the British company, thus including itself in MBDA’s global chain of supply.
Huta Stalowa Wola officially commenced co-operation with the American Raytheon in the field of production and integration of 16 missile launchers, basic elements of the WISŁA anti-air and anti-missile defence systems. Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne signed an agreement with the French Hemeria concerning co-operation on the nanosatellite market, while the representatives of OBR CTM S.A. together with WAT, WIŁ, and KenBIT signed letters of intent on establishing co-operation to implement the Long Range Communications project.
“This year’s Expo was unique for the whole PGZ, not only because of the value of the contracts concluded, but primarily because we had the opportunity to show to all visitors our capacity for producing technologically-advanced products. The BORSUK APC mentioned by the Minister of National Defence or our proposals for the OTTOKAR – BRZOZA programme are just some examples of our comprehensive offering,” said Witold Słowik, President of the Board of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa.
“Furthermore, it is worth stressing that Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa is becoming a valued partner for foreign corporations, which is proved by the agreement with MBDA that makes us a part of the chain of supply of one of the most powerful companies in the arms industry, as well as with Raytheon, inaugurating the co-operation on the WISŁA programme,” he added.
Traditionally, on the last day of the Expo awards were handed out for innovative and promising products that increase state security. The New Amphibious IFV BORSUK received an honourable mention from the Minister of National Defence. The Defender awards were given to Nitro-Chem for the first Polish low-sensitivity explosive elaborated in a prototype artillery shell, and to PCO for its thermal vision binocular NPL-1T. Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa received the Defender award for its modular, variant configuration of tank destroyers for the OTTOKAR-BRZOZA programme. Fabryka Broni „Łucznik” received the award of the Commander of the Territorial Defence Forces for its automatic sniper rifle MSBS GROT.
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa had the honour of hosting many esteemed guests at its stands. The Group had the opportunity to present its offering to, among others, the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, the Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak, the head of the General Staff of the Polish Army general Rajmund T. Andrzejczak, and the UK ambassador Jonathan Knott.back to articles