MBDA, Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) and its subsidiaries PIT-RADWAR, JELCZ and WZU are rapidly progressing the Mała NAREW Short-Range Air Defense (SHORAD) for Poland, with the first two iLaunchers already undergoing Polish integration, trials and training.
The two SHORAD-class fire units are equipped with MBDA CAMM missiles and integrated with PIT-RADWAR SOŁA radar stations and the Polish Command and Control (C2) system.
The Mała NAREW units are being adapted to work within one SHORAD class solution. Functional integration of the radar stations, C2 systems and CAMM missile fire control software is going hand-in-hand with the physical integration of subsequent iLauncher with JELCZ trucks chassis. The first training sessions for operators of iLauncher and Polish components of the Mała NAREW system has already been conducted.
“By implementing this program, we strengthen our credibility as a strategic partner for the army, ready to provide advanced air defense systems at record pace,” said Sebastian Chwałek, CEO of PGZ S.A. “We treat Mała NAREW as a test ground before the NAREW program, showing what our capabilities are and how to cooperate with major foreign partner MBDA UK on a joint project. We believe that this relationship will translate into further successes, both for our companies and the armies that will trust us to bring their air defense into XXI century.”
The Mała NAREW program, in addition to the fire units themselves, also includes a training and logistics package. Under the project, PGZ and MBDA are conducting integration of selected British and Polish elements of air defence systems as well as providing technical support for the ordered equipment at the operational stage. The contract provides for the delivery of the first fire unit in late 2022, and the second in 2023.
“We’re proud that the co-operation between MBDA and PGZ achieved the arrival of the first air defense hardware into Poland in an incredibly short timeframe,” said Chris Allam, Managing Director of MBDA UK. “The successes of the Mała NAREW project are a very positive indicator for the success of PGZ-MBDA co-operation on the wider NAREW project that will include extensive transfer of technology and knowledge to Poland on missiles and launchers.”