Honeywell, a world-leading manufacturer of electronics, engines, and mechanical systems for aircraft, and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), a Polish-state owned defense company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding local maintenance capabilities of mission critical systems and military infrastructure projects in the areas of engines, propulsion systems and vehicle electronics for Polish Armed Forces. The memorandum will allow PGZ to support and operate systems driven by Honeywell technology through their full life-cycle. It will enable Poland Armed Forces to achieve mission readiness and platform availability at a lower cost while increasing local technical knowledge of military platform engines. Once the maintenance facilities are established, engines will be serviced in country which will drastically reduce turnaround times and increase platform availability. Poland has committed to the purchase of over 250 Abrams M1A2 SEP v.3 from the United States of America. These modern main battle tanks are capable of achieving their goals thanks to the AGT1500 Gas Turbine Engine powering the vehicle and other components that have been designed and manufactured by Honeywell. The partnership focuses on providing knowledge and technology which will allow PGZ companies to maintain and service these units. The memorandum also includes other platforms that use solutions based on Honeywell’s product portfolio.
“Honeywell’s commitment to cooperation with PGZ in strategic defense programs is not only about increasing capabilities of Polish Armed Forces, but also about bringing technologies, skills and expertise to the local Polish defense sector which can enable it in providing modern and NATO aligned defense solutions in the Central & Eastern Europe region and beyond,” said Mark Loughran, Honeywell President, Central & Eastern Europe.
“This memorandum will allow our group to open the door to Honeywell’s knowledge and experience in the field of vehicle and aerospace electronics. The result of our cooperation will be the ability to work with modern military ordnance acquired by Polish Armed Forces”, said Sebastian Chwalek, chief executive officer, PGZ.
“Honeywell is investing significant talent and resources in aerospace and defense industry around Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Supporting customers in the region, like those in Poland, is paramount to this focus,” said John Guasto, vice president, Defense and Space International, Honeywell Aerospace. “As we continue to strengthen these key relationships, we are proud to work with our customers to develop local expertise, to improve regional aftermarket support, and provide faster, more efficient services.”
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. Honeywel is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.
The Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ SA) is a holding company established by the Polish government to unite Polish, state owned defence industry companies. Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) is one of the largest defence companies in Europe. The headquarters of this group is in Radom. The Group comprises over 30 companies (including Rosomak SA, Huta Stalowa Wola SA, Jelcz Sp. z o.o., Osrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Centrum Techniki Morskiej SA, Wojskowe Zaklady Elektroniczne SA, Wojskowe Zaklady Inzynieryjne SA, Wojskowe Zaklady Motoryzacyjne SA, Wojskowe Zaklady Lascznosci Nr 1 SA, Wojskowe Zaklady Lascznosci Nr 2 SA, the Central Military Bureau of Design, Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze Nr 1 SA, Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze Nr 2 SA, Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze Nr 4 SA i Wojskowe Zaklady Uzbrojenia SA, WSK PZL Kalisz SA, Fabryka Broni Lucznik Radom SA, Nano Carbon SA). PGZ brings together over 50 crucial companies for the Polish defence industry – production plants, service facilities, as well as research & development centres. It employs over 18,000 people. PGZ is a producer of innovative systems and solutions used by the Polish Armed Forces and allied formations.