At Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 S.A. in Łódź, Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and the American company Bell Textron Inc. have officially announced the signing of a letter of intent regarding a potential cooperation. The parties intend to jointly develop cooperation in support of the “Kruk” helicopter program implemented by Polish Ministry of National Defence.
The agreement states the intention to cooperate between companies in the event that Bell Textron Inc. (Bell) is awarded a contract for helicopters to the Polish Armed Foces. If Bell’s AH-1Z "Viper" helicopter is selected under the „Kruk” program, Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and its subsidiaries, in particular WZL-1 in Łódź, is likely to become the Polish H-1 center of excellence for maintenance, repair, modification, and upgrade. This cooperative effort will help ensure that Poland has the skills and capabilities to provide support of the helicopters. The letter of intent provides the framework for Bell and PGZ / WZL#1 to work together to identify and develop specific industrial projects which will be beneficial to all parties.
“Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa cooperates with leading global companies wanting to participate in the Polish helicopter programs. We want to maximize the technical and intellectual potential of PGZ companies and establish a permanent, long-term cooperation with a foreign partner chosen by the Ministry of National Defence. Developing competences related to the service and modernization of new types of helicopters and aircrafts produced by Western companies is a vital part of the ongoing process of strategic reorientation of our air domain companies” – said Mr. Wojciech Netkowski, Helicopter Programs Director in Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa.
“Bell looks forward to working with PGZ and WZL-1 to bring enhanced capabilities and long-term employment to Poland as part of the “Kruk” program. Bell congratulates Poland on its bold decision to procure the F-35, and we look forward to helping Poland create the same air-ground battle dominance as the United States Marine Corps, the only military service in the world to fly both the F-35 and AH-1Z.” – said Mr. Joel Best, Director of Bell’s European Military Programs.
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