MBDA UK has signed a $4.9 billion agreement with Polish defense firm PGZ to build up Narew, Poland’s next-generation air defense program.
The deal will support Poland’s plans to establish a powerful ground-based air defense system that can neutralize threats from cruise missiles and fighter jets, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.
The defense cooperation requires MBDA to produce and deliver more than 1,000 Common Anti-Air Modular Missiles–Extended Range and over 100 iLaunchers to the Polish Armed Forces.
MBDA UK Managing Director Chris Allam described his company’s work for Narew as “transformative,” adding that the collaboration involves the transfer of technology to Poland to beef up its sovereign weapons capabilities.
To be equipped soon by CAMM-ER missiles and iLaunchers, Allam said the Polish air defense system will be capable of shielding the country’s skies.
MBDA explained that its family of missiles is designed to engage active threats at ranges of more than 40 kilometers.
Notably, the partnership will not only bolster European security but also boost the two sides’ defense industries. The UK MoD said British and Polish engineers will work closely to share technologies and support critical jobs and skills.
The project, which will also ensure that Poland can produce its missiles in the coming years, will run in both countries for at least 15 years, the ministry disclosed.
In a statement, UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps called the collaborative effort a “landmark export deal” that would supply air defense capabilities to deter the partner nations’ adversaries.