Poland signs contract for Javelin anti-tank weapon production
Intended to support increasing current and future inventory demand due to regional security concerns in Europe, PGZ and the JJV have signed the MoU to explore the establishment of a final assembly facility and component production capabilities in Poland.
This agreement will stabilise future production of the Javelin system for US forces while providing unique opportunities for Polish industry.
In June 2021, Poland’s Territorial Defence Forces (TDF) completed Javelin operator training and were certified to maintain and operate Javelin, as well as conduct their own training in turn. After completion, the TDF’s newly trained Javelin operators fired missiles during a demonstration in Torun, Poland.
Dave Pantano, JJV vice president and Lockheed Martin Javelin programme director said the MoU was the first step towards supply for customers and ‘ensure [Poland] have the deterrence capabilities needed to support their national security'.
Production of Javelin has been boosted by the war in Ukraine, just over the border from Poland, which has placed repeat orders for the system, most recently in July this year but also in April and February and in 2022.
To date, the JJV has produced more than 50,000 Javelin missiles and more than 12,000 reusable Command Launch Units. Javelin is currently in service with 23 countries. Poland was the first international operator to receive the Javelin F-model variant.
More from Land Warfare
Rafael developed Iron Dome to provide a dual-role system which could be used for C-RAM and very-short-range air defence. Since 2011, Iron Dome has served as the lowest layer of the multi-layered Israeli air and missile defence network.
The company’s development effort in hybrid electric drive technology has yielded two new products which have been on display at Singapore Airshow 2024.
Elbit Systems has won a contract to supply equipment and subsystems for a European country’s armoured vehicles which could include UT30 MK2 unmanned turrets and Iron Vision head-mounted displays.
The Pandur EVO, a 6x6 APC which features a longer hull design, improved driveline technology and powerpack, will provide a significantly increased level of protection, payload and mobility compared to the Pandur I.
As the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine edges closer, the resolve of Western countries has been tested in the face of entrenched positions, rising costs, political divisions and the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip.