Smart Minefields and IFF For the MiG-29. Conclusion of the Agreements

15 listopada 2017, 12:12
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Image Credit: Marta Rachwalska/Defence24.pl
Image Credit: Marta Rachwalska/Defence24.pl
Image Credit: Marta Rachwalska/Defence24.pl

Agreements were concluded, in the presence of the Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Defence, Bartosz Kownacki, covering the procurement of IFF systems for the Polish Air Force’s MiG-29 jets, and the implementation of the Jarzębina-S development project. The latter initiative refers to a smart barrier system that would replace the withdrawn anti-personnel landmines.

The contract pertaining to the IFF system has been concluded by and between the Armament Inspectorate of the Polish MoD and the WZL-2 (Military Aviation Works No. 2) facility, belonging to the PGZ Group. According to the agreement, WZL-2 would deliver and set up the Mark XII (mod 5) IFF systems on 16 MiG-29 jets. The agreement has been signed by the following persons: on behalf of the MoD by Col. Piotr Imanski, First Deputy Head of the Armament Inspectorate, and on behalf of tWZL 2, by President of the Management Board – General Director, Leszek Walczak and Vice-President of the Management Board – Quality Director Szymon Dankowski.

We are signing two interesting agreements: one with a value exceeding PLN 67 million, with WZL-2 in Bydgoszcz. This is an agreement that would make it possible to tailor the MiG-29 jets - post-soviet equipment - to the top tier NATO requirements and, which is important, this would be done by a very good Polish company.

Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Defence, Bartosz Kownacki.

The Agreement covers procurement of 16 complete Mark XIIA IFF systems, including installation and integration with the MiG-29 avionics. Moreover, the contract also envisages that two logistic packages and two measurement and control kits would be provided. This is to be followed by delivery of technical documentation and provision of theoretical and practical training for the flying and ground crews, with regards to structure, usage and maintenance of the systems newly embedded within the airframes. Bydgoszcz-based WZL-2 facility is going to act as the primary contractor within the agreement.

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The Agreement is going to be implemented until 30th October 2020, with its value shaped at PLN 67 million. The implementation of the agreement concluded would enhance the MiG-29 jets’ combat capabilities, also improving their capacity to carry out, solo or formation, sorties within the Polish air policing scheme. The new systems would also enhance the aircraft’s ability to carry out defensive and offensive air operations in line with the NATO requirements. Furthermore, the Polish Fulcrums will also be capable of flying in and through the European airspace in line with the EUROCONTROL-defined requirements.

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The order related to finalization of the development work – design and development, entitled: JARZĘBINA-S remotely controlled explosive ordnance system; signed by and between the Armament Inspectorate and the consortium formed by: Military Institute of Technical Engineering, Bydgoszcz-based ZE Belma S.A. facility and Mindmade company, was concluded by: Col. Piotr Imanski, First Deputy Head of the Armament Inspectorate and the Director of the Military Institute of Technical Engineering, Leszek Bogdan.

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As a result of the aforesaid concluded contractual agreement a prototype of the system would be developed, along with technical documentation for the product. The contract is to be finalized by 31st October 2019, with its value being as high as PLN 14 999 460.

The latter contract concerns a R&D work on an explosives system that would replace the anti-personnel mines. The project has been lasting since 2008. Fortunately, the parties involved have managed to reach the stage at which a prototype and technical documentation would be presented, with the product planned to be introduced into series production later on. The agreement, with a value of PLN 15 million, provides these facilities, MITE, Belma and Mindmade, with significant prospects for the future. This is a modern system tailored to the current regulations remaining in force.

Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Defence, Bartosz Kownacki.

The goal of the development work is to acquire an alternative for the anti-personnel landmines that have been withdrawn from the Polish military after ratification, by Poland, of the Ottawa Treaty, Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction.

The main task ascribed to the systems would be to attack, in a controlled manner, the enemy personnel, in line with the Ottawa Convention's requirements. The system would become a new building block for the engineering barriers that would be created in line with the smart battlefield concept, enhancing the effectiveness and diminishing the number of soldiers and platforms involved in the process. The system will be fitted with a detection and location suite, danger zone kit and deterrence zone package.  

The procurement procedure initiated in April this year that led to conclusion of the agreement was the fourth process related to the Jarzębina-S system carried out by the Armament Inspectorate of the Polish MoD. The former, third one, emerged in February this year to be ultimately cancelled in April.   The tender related to implementation of the design and development stage of the JARZĘBINA-S remotely controlled explosive ordnance system was also initiated in April 2015 (cancelled on 6th October 2015) and in December 2015 (cancelled on 5th May 2016).

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