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Military equipment manufactured in Poland, especially the Piorun (Thunderbolt) air defence system, has been attracting growing interest from around the world, the CEO of the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) has said.
“Interest displayed in the purchases of Polish-made military equipment, especially the Piorun surface-to-air missiles, is huge today,” Sebastian Chwałek told the i.pl portal, adding that talks were underway for new international contracts.
Man-portable Piorun surface-to-air missiles, which are designed to target low-flying aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, have already proved their effectiveness in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Poland has provided Ukraine with an undisclosed number of Pioruns since Russia invaded the country on February 24. The Ukrainian army has posted several videos showing Pioruns destroying Russian aircraft.
“Of course, the Polish market and the needs of the Polish army are the priority for us,” Chwałek continued, adding that the PGZ was planning to significantly increase its production capacities.
“…in the coming three to four years, we plan a tenfold increase in production,” the PGZ CEO said.
Chwałek also said that the PGZ had already signed a contract with Ukraine for another batch of several dozen Krab howitzers which had to be delivered to that country.
Referring to the production of Krabs, Chwałek said that their production had to be increased in order to meet the demands of the Polish market and foreign customers.
The Polish Armaments Group is a capital group concentrating several dozen production plants, servicing facilities and research centres crucial for the Polish defence industry.