Raytheon has been shortlisted to participate in the phase two of a technical dialogue with the Polish Ministry of National Defense (MND) regarding its national medium-range air and missile defence system, called WISLA.
The second stage is focused on identification of the areas of potential technical and industrial cooperation, the transfer of knowledge, technology and production, and addressing the intellectual property rights available as part of the offers from each of the selected candidates.
Expected to collaborate with Poland on the future technology development roadmap of the Patriot air defence system, Raytheon has already identified many co-development opportunities for Polish industry to participate spanning integration, command and control, radar enhancements and missile technologies.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems president Dan Crowley said the company will fully address the Polish Government, industry, and military requirements in the next technical dialogue phase.
"We are committed to helping Poland achieve its long-term objectives for this important programme, which is vital to the country’s national security interests," Crowley said.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Supply Chain vice-president Mike Shaughnessy said the company is committed to delivering significant and sustainable benefits, including workshare, co-production, co-development and technology transfer to Polish defence industry.
Shaughnessy said, "There will be further cooperation in design and engineering with Polish industry to support the continuing technology advancements that are planned for the Patriot system in particular.
"By partnering with Raytheon, the Polish industry will join a strong, global supply chain under long-term agreements, which offers unmatched future exports to the growing list of 12 existing Global Patriot Partner nations and the broad, multi-national operations at Raytheon."
The company has also signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Poland’s Polski Holding Obronny (Pho) to explore collaboration and mutually beneficial business opportunities related to the country’s ambitions, in addition to potential exports to and cooperation in third country markets.
The two companies will host a Partnering Conference in March 2014, which will enable Raytheon to explore joint opportunities in Poland in design, advanced software/algorithm development, communications, final assembly, component manufacturing, testing, service and support for radar, missiles and command/control systems.
Image: Raytheon will collaborate with Poland on the future technology development roadmap of Patriot air defence system. Photo: courtesy of Darkone.