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MBDA strengthens Polish ties
MBDA has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Poland’s PGZ that will see the two companies enhance mutual cooperation, MBDA announced on 2 February.
The agreement provides a framework for the future cooperation between PGZ and MBDA regarding Polish defence programmes, including programmes related to the Narew short range air defence system.
Under the scope of the agreement, if the Polish Ministry of National Defence decides to select missile or missile system solutions offered by MBDA, MBDA will carry out a significant and mutually agreed transfer of technology to companies within the PGZ Group. In this event, MBDA has also declared its intention to transfer know-how to Poland and to look at the possibility of including Polish defence industry companies within its global supply chain.
Paul Stanley, MBDA VP for Northern Europe, said: ‘The strategic agreement signed today formalises MBDA’s longstanding strategy in Poland and allows us, together with PGZ, to take a major step forward in supporting Poland to acquire the very latest missile and missile systems technology. MBDA’s core strategy, since its early foundation in 2001, has been to promote effective and enduring cooperation across Europe.
‘This is the best way to develop defence industrial capabilities within the partner nation which then guarantees them free access to capability and so meets their requirements for sovereignty and freedom of use. The signing of this agreement is a major step forward in achieving this goal for sovereignty and is something that MBDA sincerely wants for Poland.’
PGZ Group companies will have the opportunity to cooperate with MBDA on missiles and missile system elements such as launchers, command and control systems, data transmission systems, support vehicles, system integration, programme management, servicing and training.
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