WARSAW: During the twenty ninth International Defense Industry Exhibition (MSPO) the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) consortium signed what could also be crucial contract within the historical past of the Polish protection business — a framework settlement for the acquisition of a short-range air protection missile system beneath the code-name “Narew.”
Underlining the importance of the signing was the presence of Polish president Andrzej Duda and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, who blessed the brand new settlement.
Duda declared the contracts an indication of “further progress in the modernization of the Polish Armed Forces,” calling it the “largest and most complex contract in the history of Polish Armed Forces — dozens of billions of zlotys and a total of almost 400 launchers.” He additionally famous the potential financial influence on a wide range of Polish corporations who might participate within the Narew venture within the coming years.
Among the members of the consortium are Huta Stalowa Wola, Jelcz, Mesko, Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Centrum Techniki Morskiej, PCO, PIT-Radwar, Wojskowe Zakłady Łączności Nr 1, Wojskowe Zakłady Uzbrojenia, Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne and Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów – a broad coalition that exhibits how vital Narew can be to the Polish deomstic protection business.
To be clear, there's a lengthy solution to go earlier than something comes of Narew. This signing was simply the place to begin to outline the phrases and situations for granting and finishing implementation procurements.
The scope of the executory agreements includes the event and supply of elements and subsystems for 23 programs, together with know-how and technical experience acquisition, industrial capability improvement, venture administration, and system integration. The adopted components — with a framework settlement that serves as an umbrella for numerous smaller offers — goals to attenuate the danger and permit optimization of program administration, each for the army and business.
The estimated worth of the contract is 50-70 billion zlotys, roughly a $12.5 to $17.6 billion vary. According to Poland’s MND, signing contracts with suppliers of particular person components of the system ought to finish in 2023. The aim is to combine Narew capabilities with current Polish radar programs in addition to the Patriot programs already procured from the US.
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Overall, Narew will include newly-procured automobiles; engagement management stations; engagement operation facilities; EO programs; cell communication nodes; a multimode fireplace management radar referred to as “Sajna,” which serves as an early warning radar with passive coherent location and passive emitter monitoring capabilities; in addition to air protection missiles and launchers, which can be acquired from a overseas companion beneath the know-how switch.
While that overseas companion has not been chosen, it's anticipated that MBDA will push to offer the missiles and launchers for the system. America’s Raytheon Technologies, Norway’s Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, and Israel’s Rafael and Israel Aerospace Industries are additionally anticipated to be within the combine.
According to the schedule, the primary reside firing of the Narew system components is to happen in 2026. As designed, Narew will change three getting old capabilities with one new system: the Army’s out of date 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful) cell surface-to-air missile system and 9K33 Osa (SA-8 Gecko) cell, low-altitude, short-range tactical surface-to-air missile system, together with the Air Force’s Newa SC (SA-3 Goa) surface-to-air missile system.
The primary job of the Narew system can be safety of the Polish Armed Forces items and amenities and air bases, complementing the Wisła (Patriot) medium vary air protection and anti-ballistic missile system, to create a nationwide, allied and coalition air protection system in all-weather, day and evening situations. The Narew system can be used primarily to have interaction multi-role plane, cruise missiles and UAVs working on low altitudes.
“Building an air and missile defense system, identified as a priority in the National Security Strategy, is a nationwide task. We are proud that the implementation of another strategic project has been entrusted to the Polish defense industry. Today our companies also obtained other contracts, which confirm the significant role of PGZ in the system of modernization and maintenance of weaponry and military equipment of the Polish Armed Forces,” stated Sebastian Chwałek, president of the Management Board of PGZ.