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On the 26th of March in the Wojskowe Zaklady Elektroniczne (WZE) in Zielonka near Warsaw, representatives of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and Lockheed Martin signed an executive agreement concerning the implementation of 15 offset contracts of the 1st stage of Wisla programme. The added value of all these contracts was defined as EUR 168,72 million (PLN 724,76 million). The following entities will participate in the beforementioned offset contracts: Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, Wojskowe Zakłady Uzbrojenia (WZU) from Grudziadz, Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze (WZL) no. 1 from Lodz, and Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze no. 2 from Bydgoszcz. The offset negotiations will be finalized within 12 months.

The executive agreements signing ceremony was attended by Mariusz Blaszczak, Minister of Defence and Witold Slowik, CEO of PGZ Group. Lockheed Martin was represented by Jay Pitman, vice-president of program management at Missiles and Fire Control /Photo: Polish Ministry of Defence

The contracts concern mostly acquisition of capabilities to manufacture selected elements of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, manufacture and servicing of M903 launch platforms, and improvement of servicing capabilities of Polish Armed Forces air fleet. These contracts strengthen the industrial partnership between PGZ and Lockheed Martin for procurement of modern armament system for the Polish Armed Forces.

At present, negotiation with the USA concerning the 2nd stage of Wisla programme is ongoing. This stage assumes procurement of further 6 batteries of Patriot system and obtainment of more offset deals / Photo: Aaron Henson, USMC

According to signed documents, PGZ will create a missile simulation laboratory which will specialize in trials and simulations of these type of armament. WZE will be involved in manufacturing and servicing of key elements of PAC-3 MSE missiles and launch containers. WZU and WZL no. 1 will implement the technology required for manufacturing of M903 launch platforms and will be responsible for servicing of these. Composite elements will be made at the former WZL no. 4 in Deblin. Launcher elements will be assembled at the Huta Stalowa Wola as it was specified in the contract with Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems from 14th of March.

Additionally, WZL no. 2 will take over part of the responsibilities for servicing of F-16C/D Block 52+ multirole combat aircraft. Servicing will be carried on parts of the fuselage, electrical, and hydraulic systems. All offset agreements will be fulfilled within the next 4 to 8 years.

Stage 1 of Wisla programme includes obtainment of 2 batteries of modernized MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3+ (Post-Deployment Build 8) systems, together with netcentric Integrated Battle Command System and a logistical/training/technical package for the abovementioned elements. The added value of contracts concerning this stage equals USD 4,75 billion (PLN 16,6 billion).

The PGZ-Wisla consortium responsible for the Polish side of the programme consists of 14 entities:  PGZ (leader), Huta Stalowa Wola, MESKO, PIT-Radwar, WZE, Jelcz, Autosan, Osrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowego Centrum Techniki Morskiej, WZU, Zaklady Mechaniczne Tarnów, WZL no. 1, WZL no. 2, PCO and Wojskowe Zaklady Laczności no.1. More companies from the PGZ Group will also be involved as sub-suppliers.

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