Σάββατο, 4 Μαρτίου 2017

European, Israeli companies to bid in Poland’s combat drone tender!!

The Polish Ministry of Defence has obtained applications from 15 companies that plan to submit bids in the tender to supply combat UAVs to the country’s armed forces. 

The firms that have submitted their applications to take part in the technical dialog include Israel's Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries, France’s MBDA, and Italy's Leonardo. An application was also submitted by local company Stunner Consulting, which represents Israel’s Rafael in the Polish market, reports local news website Defence24.pl.

A number of state-owned and private entities from Poland’s defense industry also aims to take part in the forthcoming drone tender. These comprised the country’s state-run defense giant PGZ, aircraft plant WZL 2, and the Institute of Aviation, as well as a number of privately owned companies that either make UAVs or offer drones made by foreign manufacturers. These included WB Electronics, Optimum-Tyminski, Belma, Poland-U.S. Operations, Yagal, Asseco Poland and Siltec. 

The program to acquire new medium-altitude long-endurance drones for the Polish military is estimated to be worth at least "several billion zloty" (1 zloty is about U.S. $0.25), as announced by Polish Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2019.

Last year, senior ministry officials said some of the considered systems include General Atomics’ MQ-9 Reaper and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, as well as Elbit’s Hermes 900.

In the coming years, the Polish ministry plans to spend at least 83 billion zloty on procurements of new weapons and military equipment. 
 
 http://www.defensenews.com/