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4 novembre 2013 1 04 /11 /novembre /2013 12:50
Polish Defense Holding Sacks CEO, Deputy


Oct. 31, 2013 - By JAROSLAW ADAMOWSKI – Defense News


WARSAW — The supervisory board of Polish Defence Holding (PHO), the country’s biggest defense manufacturer, has decided to oust its chief executive, Krzysztof Krystowski and one of his deputies, Agnieszka Rajczuk-Szczepanska, responsible for human resources.


“Marcin Idzik, deputy chief executive for sales and marketing, was appointed acting chief executive of Polish Defence Holding,” the group said in a statement Oct. 31.


The two remaining deputies, Mariusz Andrzejczak, deputy CEO for technology and development, and Patrycja Zielinska, deputy CEO for finance and auditing, are to remain on the group’s board, the statement said. The reasons for Krystowski’s dismissal were not disclosed.


The state-owned group was rebranded as PHO in May in a bid to facilitate the consolidation of Poland’s major defense industry players into one entity under its brand. However, in September, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced plans to create a new entity, the Polish Armaments Group, to integrate PHO along with other local defense players. The move has been widely seen as going against PHO’s plans of leading the industry consolidation efforts.


Krystowski was appointed the company’s chief executive in April 2012. PHO consists of about 40 entities and has a workforce of close to 10,000, according to data from the group.

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4 septembre 2013 3 04 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Boeing, Polish Defence Holding to Explore Collaboration on Future Defense Work

Sep 3, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company


Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Polish Defence Holding (PDH) on Sept. 2 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore areas where Boeing and PDH can work together to meet Poland’s defense needs while supporting the growth of local industry.


Under the agreement, signed at the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce, leaders from Boeing and PDH will begin to determine areas for future collaboration. Opportunities may include platform production, advanced technology solutions, research and development, and other areas of shared expertise.


“PDH is a regional leader in defense technology and draws on Poland’s talented and experienced workforce to manufacture world-class products,” said Henryka Bochniarz, president of Boeing Central and Eastern Europe. “We look forward to collaborating with them on potential contributions to Poland’s drive for defense modernization.”


“Both PDH and Boeing have a reputation for excellence throughout Europe, so this collaboration has significant potential,” said Krzysztof Krystowski, president and CEO of Polish Defence Holding. “We look forward to exploring the ways in which we can meet Poland’s defense needs and the needs of its allies around the world.”


PDH, the largest manufacturer and supplier of military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe, is composed of 40 companies operating in Poland and abroad, with 10,000 employees. The company’s mission is focused on meeting soldiers’ needs, making intensive investments in modern technologies, and expanding into new markets.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 07:50
UK-Polish Group Unveils New Vehicle Demonstrator

An artist's rendering of a concept vehicle being developed by Obrum, part of the Polish Defence Holding group. The demonstrator will be unveiled at the upcoming MSPO exhibition in Poland next month. (Polish Defence Holding)


Aug. 28, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


LONDON — The BAE Systems-Polish Defence Holding’s team competing for an upcoming requirement from the Polish Army for a family of light tanks and infantry fighting vehicles has released a sneak preview of a concept demonstrator they plan to unveil at the upcoming MSPO defense equipment show.


The concept vehicle — developed by Obrum, part of the Polish Defence Holding group — features an unmanned turret sporting a 120mm gun mounted on a chassis, drawing heavily on CV90 mobility and protection technology provided by BAE’s Hagglunds operation in Sweden.


The vehicle will be a centerpiece of Polish Defence Holding’s stand at the MSPO exhibition, which opens in Keilce, Poland, on Sept 2.


BAE and the state-owned Polish Defence Holding, formerly known as the Bulmar Group, announced a teaming deal in late May to compete for a Polish Army requirement for hundreds of light tanks and infantry fighting vehicles using a universal tracked platform.


Formal specifications for the tracked vehicle requirement are expected to be released by the Polish Defense Ministry toward the end of the year, with a requirement for the first delivery sometime in 2018.


BAE officials said the modular design of the demonstrator is intended to be flexible and help stimulate debate as Poland heads toward issuing a formal specification.


Despite unexpected Polish government revenue shortfalls this year, which could result in some trimming of the defense budget spending on the military, funding remains robust with the portion of cash going to equipment increasing.

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31 mai 2013 5 31 /05 /mai /2013 12:50
Next stop for next generation armored combat vehicles: Poland

May 31, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


    BAE Systems & Polish Defence Holding Offer New Family of Armored Tracked Vehicles for Poland Military


BAE Systems Hägglunds and Polish national defense company, Polish Defence Holding (formerly the Bumar Group), have joined forces to offer new tracked armored combat vehicles for a top-priority Polish military program under an exclusive teaming agreement.


The “Modular Tracked Platform” (MTP) is part of Poland’s National Armor Program.


The MTP timescales are tight with a production contract likely to be let in 2015 and first vehicles delivered for service in 2018. To meet them the team is proposing a family of vehicles which draws heavily on CV90 technology and reaps the benefit of millions of man hours and dollars already invested in its design.


“Polish Defence Holding has extensive experience as an in-country prime contractor and will be critical in developing solutions for this new family of armored fighting vehicles that will meet the military’s requirements in Poland,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems’ Land & Armaments sector.


The partnership brings the team one step closer to meeting the demanding technical and time challenges of this major Polish program and delivering critical operational capability to the Polish Land Forces. Polish Defence Holding will be instrumental in facilitating production of the vehicles if this team’s offering is selected.

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