Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) has been presenting its offer during the Arms & Security 2017 expo in Kiev. The Group hopes to gain interest of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and of the Ukrainian governmental agencies that remain responsible for the security matters.
PGZ Group, since some time now, has been working together with the Ukrainian defence industry. On 26th June this year, for example, PCO S.A. company signed two agreements with the Ukrainian Ukrinmash entity, belonging to the Ukroboronprom Group. The first of the agreements covers the deliveries of optics for PCO S.A., provided by the Zhytomyr Armoured Plant, while the second one regulates the process in which PCO S.A. would be supplying instruments for the Ukrainian partner, that would form an optronic upgrade package for the fighting vehicles. PGZ companies are also working together with the Ukroboronprom Group’s entities, on preparing upgrade proposals for the T-72 and PT-91 main battle tanks.
The Ukrainians were also very interested in the “Krab” self-propelled howitzer system, manufactured at the HSW S.A. facility. - The Armed Forces of our neighbour explicitly postulate a requirement to modernize and enhance the firepower of the artillery assets remaining at their disposal - as the PGZ representatives stress.
Modernization packages for air defence systems were also presented by the Military Armament Works [WZU in Grudziądz]. Military Aviation Works No. 1 [WZL-1] facility, on the other hand, showcased its modernization proposals for the Mil attack and utility helicopters. WZL-2 facility was promoting its Sowa UAV systems, alongside the DragonFly loitering munitions that could potentially be used to neutralize APCs and IFVs.
Radom-based “Łucznik” firearms factory brought its “Grot” and “Beryl” M762 rifles, PM-98 machine pistols and PR-15 “Ragun” pistols to Kiev. ZM Tarnów company, in the meantime, presented its “Alex” sniper rifles, RGP-40 multiple grenade launchers and UKM-2000P general purpose machine guns. The offer was complemented with firearms and support weapons ammunition, presented by the DEZAMET and MESKO companies.
Moreover, the PGZ’s stand also featured optronic systems and individual equipment for the soldier. The PGZ’s booth was visited by numerous officials, including the Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Defence, Bartosz Kownacki, Ukrainian Defence Minister, General Stepan Poltorak, Council and Defence Oleksandr Turchynov – Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov and General Yuriy Allerov, Commander of the Ukrainian National Guard. Representatives of the Group’s management, led by the President of the Management Board, Błażej Wojnicz, were discussing the options of continued deepening of collaboration and intensification of the joint R&D initiatives, inter alia, in the area of land platforms and missile systems.