Polish defence ministry inks deals with domestic producers
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s defence ministry on Friday signed two new contracts with domestic producers for the delivery of equipment for the country’s armed forces.
Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz
The contracts are for the delivery of an Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) system and for developing a new explosive system to replace anti-personnel mines, officials said.
The new deals “mark another step in modernising the Polish army,” Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki said during the signing ceremony.
Kownacki told a news conference that the IFF contract was worth about PLN 67 million (EUR 15.8 million, USD 18.4 million) and was designed to adapt Poland’s MIG-29 aircraft “to the highest NATO standards and requirements.”
A military aviation plant based in the north-central city of Bydgoszcz will provide the military with the IFF system, Kownacki said.
The other contract is for research and development work to develop a new alternative explosive system to replace anti-personnel mines, which can no longer be used under the so-called Ottawa Convention, according to Kownacki.
The PLN 15 million (EUR 3.5 million, USD 4.1 million) deal is with a group of domestic companies, including the Military Institute of Technical Engineering, the Belma engineering plant in Bydgoszcz, and the MindMade company, a provider of electronic devices and systems for military use.