Nine companies of the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) have concluded an agreement with MBDA UK regarding cooperation in the tank destroyer segment. The agreement will allow for the design and production of this class vehicles with the use of MBDA UK Brimstone anti-tank guided missiles.
The document has been signed by representatives of PGZ and MBDA UK. It is a continuation of the agreement concluded in 2019 regarding the co-operation between PGZ and UK partners. The agreement is the basis for further co-operation on the Polish and foreign markets in the area of integration of the ATGMs with the elements of the tank destroyer squadron module indicated by the ordering party and the production of the Brimstone missile in PGZ facilities.
Sebastian Chwałek, CEO of PGZ S.A. said: “In difficult times it is good to have partners one can rely on. We are strengthening our cooperation with the UK defence industry, of which MBDA UK is a leading representative. Today’s agreement is another step towards establishing production of the latest generation Brimstone missiles in the country. As a result of the Polish-British co-operation, a joint offer will be made to the Polish Armed Forces and allied forces, our companies will also enter supply chains.”
Chris Allam, Managing Director of MBDA UK said: “We are delighted that the implementation of the Tank Destroyer delivery programme provides another opportunity for PGZ and MBDA to further build on an already strong relationship. By deepening our cooperation around Brimstone, we will jointly support the development of Poland’s military and industrial capabilities and enhance the strategic ambition of our companies.”
The OTTOKAR-BRZOZA programme assumes that the Polish Armed Forces will acquire a battery module of self-propelled tank destroyers, based on a modern platform, which will have the ability to destroy armoured targets with the use of anti-tank guided missiles. In addition to the tank destroyers, the module will also include support and command vehicles.
The following companies have concluded the agreement: WZM S.A., WZU S.A., OBRUM sp. z o.o., Jelcz sp. z o.o., Rosomak S.A. as well as representatives of the PGZ-OTTOKAR consortium: PGZ S.A. (leader of the consortium), HSW S.A., MESKO S.A. and WZE S.A. The consortium is responsible for the development, production and delivery of tank destroyers, a new product in PGZ’s offer.
MBDA is the only European defence group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air).
With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2021 MBDA achieved revenue of 4.2 billion euros with an order book of 17.8 billion euros. In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.
MBDA is jointly owned by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo (25%).