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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Boeing, PGZ Collaborate on Polish Aerospace Initiatives

Juliet Van Wagenen

Bahrain AH-64E Apache helicopter, a potential candidate for Poland’s attack helicopter and a possible collaboration program for PGZ and Boeing
AH-64E Apache helicopter, a potential candidate for Poland’s attack helicopter and a possible collaboration program for PGZ and Boeing. Photo: Boeing

[Avionics Today 09-02-2015] Boeing and European defense group Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) have signed a broad-based agreement outlining areas where Boeing and PGZ member companies may collaborate in support of the Technical Modernization Plan of the Polish Armed Forces.

Boeing will access talent and innovation within Poland’s defense industry while cooperating with PGZ companies in advancing their business goals. Together the companies will explore opportunities to support, sustain and upgrade defense systems; integrate unique Polish systems on Boeing platforms; strengthen manufacturing capabilities; incorporate PGZ companies in Boeing’s supply chain; pursue joint research and development; and advance defense industrial capabilities, according to a Boeing press release.

One of the first Boeing platforms offering potential for Polish industry collaboration is the AH-64E Apache, which is a candidate for Poland’s attack helicopter requirement as part of the country’s defense modernization program. Boeing and its AH-64E Apache industry team — which includes General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Longbow Ltd. — recently participated in a two-day workshop with 10 PGZ companies to forge partnerships as part of Poland’s Kruk Program. Boeing and its industry partners will continue to work with PGZ companies to identify opportunities across other military and commercial platforms and systems.

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