On 1st July 2009, Antoine Bouvier and Edward Nowak, the Chief Executive Officers of MBDA and the BUMAR group of Poland respectively, met in France to sign a framework agreement between their two organisations. The full details of the final agreement will be established and formalised during the next two months in readiness for its signature this autumn.This agreement will see MBDA and BUMAR jointly involved in a project to modernise Poland’s ground based air defences. Long term co-operation will permit significant exchanges of technology between the two partners and the optimisation of investments already made. In this respect the new system will draw on elements of MBDA’s short-range VL MICA and medium-range Aster 30 missiles with other major subsystems such as the radars and the command and control systems developed by PIT (the Warsaw-based telecommunications research institute - Przemyslowy Instytut Telekomunikacji) and RADWAR (one of several companies within the BUMAR group which is Poland’s largest defence equipment manufacturer).
The agreement, covering the development, production, delivery and marketing of the future air defence missile system, confirms and advances MBDA’s relationship with BUMAR. In September 2007, MBDA signed an agreement with the leading elements of the Polish defence industry including PIT and RADWAR. This earlier agreement, aimed at establishing the means of meeting the country’s national air defence requirements as well as its NATO and European commitments over the next two decades, recognised MBDA’s leading position in the area of air defence systems designed to counter current and future proliferating threats.