Lockheed Martin enhances PAC-3 supply chain with Polish industrial partnerships

Source: Lockheed Martin, Defence Industry Europe

Lockheed Martin is bolstering the global supply chain of its PAC-3 missile system through strategic industrial partnerships in Poland. These collaborations are part of the Wisla Offset Program, aiming to strengthen Poland's defence capabilities and technological expertise.

 

Anna Ortylewski, the In-country Leader for the PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Poland Offsets, emphasizes Lockheed Martin’s long-term commitment to Poland’s national defence. The partnerships focus on building technical capabilities within the Polish industrial base and creating sustainable, high-value engineering jobs.

A significant development in this collaboration is the completion of key milestones by Polish defence companies, contributing to the PAC-3 program’s success. Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A (WZE) has achieved production milestones for crucial PAC-3 MSE components, and its success in these projects has positioned WZE as a potential bidder for future phases of the WISLA program.

 

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Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 1 (WZL 1) has also reached critical milestones, enabling them to produce PAC-3 MSE Launch Tubes, thus bringing a significant aspect of PAC-3 MSE production to Poland.

“WZL1’s vast experience, qualified personnel and effective cooperation with Lockheed Martin allowed WZL1 not only to launch the production line used to implement the assumptions of the WISLA program but also strengthened the position of the company as a trusted business partner prepared to undertake any activities for the security of the Polish state”, said Marcin Nocuń, President of the Management Board, CEO, WZL1.

Additionally, Wojskowe Zaklady Uzbrojenia (WZU) successfully completed the Heater Controller Unit (HCU) project, aligning with Lockheed Martin’s standards and practices, and is now an approved supplier.

 

 

Looking ahead, the WISLA Phase II program, agreed upon in August 2023 between Lockheed Martin and the Polish Ministry of National Defence, promises to sustain and expand Poland’s defence industrial base. It includes new projects aimed at growing capabilities in missile system testing, launch tube production, aircraft maintenance, and solid rocket motor production.

Robert Orzylowski, director for Lockheed Martin Poland, Central and East Europe, highlights the partnership’s role in providing economic prosperity to local communities in Poland and delivering critical security assets to Polish armed forces. These initiatives are seen as vital steps in developing national industrial capability and expertise for the future.

 

Read more: Strengthening PAC-3’s global supply chain with Polish industrial partnerships.

 

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