PGZ, Leonardo sign cooperation agreement
Leonardo has signed a cooperation agreement with Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) targeting the Polish armed forces' helicopter requirements.
The agreement covers potential industrial cooperation around production, servicing and maintenance of helicopters for the Polish armed forces' Technical Modernization Plan.
In the event that Leonardo is selected by the Polish MoD for new helicopter requirements, companies in the PGZ Group will take part in the servicing and manufacture of helicopters. This also involves extension of the industrial capability of the companies included in the PGZ Group in servicing or production of components, systems or levels of the chosen helicopter.
Mauro Moretti, CEO and general manager of Leonardo, said: 'This latest agreement comes only a few months after the announcement of our strategic partnership with PGZ.
'Through this cooperation the Polish defence industry, which also includes PZL-Świdnik, part of Leonardo Group, would benefit from the greatest involvement in the next military helicopter procurement programme, including technology transfer and creation of highly skilled jobs in the country. This would also translate into enhanced national security supported by more effective and reliable through-life-cycle services.'
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