A deal worth more than £4 billion has been signed between UK and Polish defense firms to continue the next phase of Poland’s future air defense program, Narew.
The subcontract was signed by UK firm MBDA and Polish defense company PGZ in a program that will provide Polish forces with an enhanced ground-based air defense system capable of launching missiles at ranges of more than 40 kilometers to engage air threats such as cruise missiles and fighter jets.
It will create more than 1,000 Common Anti-Air Modular Missiles – Extended Range (CAMM-ER) and over 100 iLaunchers.
Bringing significant benefit to both nations’ defence industries, the partnership will see British engineers from Bolton, Bristol and Stevenage working with their Polish counterparts, sharing key technologies and supporting jobs and critical skills in both countries for more than 15 years.
Following a contract awarded by the Polish government to PGZ in September this year, the Narew system will utilise MBDA’s CAMM-ER missile, developed jointly by the UK and Italy, in addition to Polish radars, vehicles and other equipment together with the United States’ Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS).
In addition to the air defence launchers and missiles, the partnership will see the UK support Poland to be able to manufacture complex missiles on Polish soil in years to come.