According to the agreement, both companies, the Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ) and Lockheed Martin will launch a number of working groups, which will be responsible for working out ways to enhance industrial cooperation between new partners. The main focus will be put on the creation of new maintenance and repair centres for F-16 multirole fighter aircraft and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which are operated by the Polish Air Force.
Furthermore, both partners will seek to enhance PGZ’s design, development and manufacturing capabilities in the field of next generation unmanned aerial vehicles, in order to provide Poland with new security measures and boost NATO’s air warfare capacity
Lockheed Martin will also aim to involve PGZ and its subsidiaries into its global supply chain, looking into possibilities of boosting exports of defence-related equipment and services from Poland abroad.
‘For over 20 years Lockheed Martin has been a trusted partner of the Polish security system and country’s defence industry. Our company tries to strengthen its relations with PGZ through developments of new capabilities, technology sharing and export promotion’, said Robert Orzylowski, director of Lockheed Martin responsible for Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe.
‘This new agreement is an important milestone in the next phase of our partnership and involvement of our company’s in the moment when Poland modernizes its defense capabilities and strengthens its position in NATO’, he added.
‘The memorandum is another step in deepening of our cooperation, particularly in the field of aviation project, such as the development of our capabilities in the sphere of maintenance and overhaul of F-16 and C-130 aircraft’, said Witold Slowik, Chairman of the Board of PGZ.