Poland and the UK keep on strengthening military cooperation

On Tuesday 4 October, Britain’s Defence Minister Ben Wallace and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Błaszczak met in Zamość to discuss the further tightening of mutual military cooperation between the two countries. 

Both ministers signed the Air Defence Complex Weapons Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the Arrowhead-140 Statement of Intent. The signing took place during a ceremony organised on the occasion of the first delivery of the Narew air defence equipment to Poland. A second system is to be supplied in the first half of 2023. The Narew is produced jointly by Poland’s PGZ and Britain’s MBDA. 

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, the undertaken steps “will enable the UK and Poland to cooperate in the development and manufacture of current and future complex weapons, further strengthening the relationship built through the Defence and Security Cooperation Treaty (2017) and deepening the interoperability of our Armed Forces.

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Wallace emphasised the UK’s support for modernising Poland’s air defence programme. “We have had a close defence alliance with Poland for over 150 years, and as we face a threat from Russia, we need the equipment and the capabilities to safeguard our people and preserve European stability”, – he explained. 

Mariusz Błaszczak and Ben Wallace also agreed on creating a new working group to evaluate the potential for the Armed Forces of both countries to cooperate on the development of a Future Common Missile.

 

Image: Twitter (@mblaszczak)

Author: Sébastien Meuwissen

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