MBDA has signed two letters of intent (LoI) with MESKO and PIT-RADWAR for cooperation on the Polish Wisla medium-range air and missile defence programme.
Signed at the recent MSPO military exhibition in Kielce, the agreements confirm the company’s willingness to pursue concerted cooperation with all industrial members of the Polish Air Defence consortium.
MBDA chief executive officer Antoine Bouvier said: "I am very pleased to attend MSPO in Kielce to confirm MBDA’s commitment to enhance our strong cooperation with our Polish industrial partners, in line with customer expectations."
Under the first agreement, MBDA intends to expand cooperation with MESKO on Aster 30 B1 missile equipment, and also offers the Polish company to participate in the development of the new Aster B1NT missile.
Specifically, the scope of cooperation starts with the production of main equipment for the missiles and continues through to the final assembly line.
In addition to this, key advanced technologies such as warhead, booster and servo actuators will be transferred to the Polish partners, along with missile maintenance and training.
The second agreement includes a high degree of transfer of technology and knowledge on both Aster 30 Block1 and Aster 30 Block1 NT missile uplink receiver equipment to PIT-Radwar.
Manufactured by Eurosam, an MBDA and Thales joint venture, the Aster sol-air moyenne portée terrestre (SAMP/T) air defence system is designed to provide 360° protection against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, combat aircraft and unmanned combat air vehicles over a range of 600km.
Apart from all aerodynamic targets, including cruise missiles, SAMP/T with Aster 30 Block 1 and Block 1 NT versions can also intercept short-range or ballistic missiles having a range of up to 1,500km.
The missile is currently in service with the Italian Army and French Air Force, which has already carried out several test firings to intercept simulated ballistic missile attacks in front of the Polish authorities.
Image: MBDA’s Aster 30 missile on display showing attached booster. Photo: © 2007 David Monniaux.