On 13th October this year the PGZ Group was visited by the representatives of the Hungarian government and defence industry, with the delegation being led by the Hungarian Armed Forces’ Armament Director, Gáspár Maróth PhD.The talks were related to the possible options of collaboration within the defence sector and constituted a continuation and extension of the dialogue initiated during this year’s edition of the MSPO defence industry exhibition in Kielce.
During this year’s edition of the Kielce-based MSPO event, representatives of the PGZ Group have met with high officials of the Hungarian MoD. During the talks, President Błażej Wojnicz, along with member of the board, Adam Lesiński, have presented the selected elements of the offer and solutions contained within the Group’s portfolio. Some of the showcased proposals turned out to be highly interesting and desirable for the Hungarian Armed Forces who declared a will to continue the dialogue at a more in-depth level.
The Hungarians have indicated the Hungarian Armed Forces’ modernization programmes, within which the Polish industry could potentially act as a partner. The officials coming from Budapest expressed their interest in the Polish artillery, anti-aircraft and anti-tank systems. During the meeting, making use of the Polish defence industry know-how in the process of finalizing the Hungarian modernization programmes was also discussed, with a particular emphasis placed on the individual equipment destined to be used by the soldiers. The further talks in Warsaw are going to involve a Hungarian delegation led by the Director for Armament of the Hungarian Armed Forced, Gáspár Maróth PhD.
- Most of the attention, during the today’s talks, was focused on our offer in the field of artillery systems, even though this is not the only product that remains interesting to our friends from Budapest. The Hungarians place a lot of emphasis on procurement of new equipment for the infantry elements that would enable them to effectively strike the armoured targets, also willing to change the individual equipment kit to one that would be NATO-compliant. I assume that the today’s meeting was a successful one, I am convinced that we have made an important step in our efforts, aimed at getting more foreign orders for our Group
As it was recently stressed by the Hungarian Defence Minister, Istvan Simicsko, due to the drive towards restoration of the potential of own defence industry, the state is also interested in the options of working together in the field of designing products for the Hungarian market. This goal is to be achieved through implementation of the newly adopted Armed Forces’ modernization and development plan. Alongside the aforesaid systems, Hungary is also interested in procurement of new fixed-wing aircraft and rotary-wing aircraft platforms, both combat, as well as transport ones. Moreover, Budapest is also willing to develop modern communication suites, and to ensure cyber-security domestically.
The PGZ companies are actively supporting the Hungarian industry in expansion of its know-how. During the recent period the Bydgoszcz-based Nitrochem company, supplying the explosives, was the most active entity in Hungary, with the WZU facility to follow, dealing with overhauls and modernization of air defence systems and technology transfer that would allow the Hungarians to maintain the 2K12 Kub SAM systems in an ongoing manner.