Prime Minister: Polish army must have the best equipment

The Government is modernising the Polish Armed Forces. We are buying the best equipment and we would like for as much military production as possible to be done in Poland. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki informed that, after conferring with the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, President Andrzej Duda, it was decided to invest additional funds in rebuilding the capacity for the production of nitrocellulose – a component used in the manufacturing of ammunition.

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Rebuilding domestic production

Production of nitrocellulose – an important component of ammunition – ceased several years ago. Now, we would like to rebuild our production capacity. This also means new jobs stressed the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during a visit at the Mesko plant in  Skarżysko-Kamienna. We are currently at the stage of modernisation of the Polish army. The army must have the best equipment possible explained the Head of the Government.

In 2019, the Government has invested PLN 400 million in rebuilding the Polish capacity for the production of gunpowders. The most important projects include rebuilding and expanding the Państwowa Wytwórnia Prochu [National Gunpowder Manufacturing Plant] in Pionki, together with adding new capacities and increasing the potential for manufacturing small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition at the Mesko plant.

Presently, we have decided to invest an additional PLN 300 to 400 million in rebuilding the capacity for the production of nitrocellulose.

Modernisation of the Polish army

A modern army means IT, which is why we are introducing modern equipment, machines and electronic devices. As emphasised by the Prime Minister, components and technologies that can be manufactured and developed domestically are very important in the context of strengthening the Polish Armed Forces. These technologies include the Piorun anti-aircraft missiles manufactured at the Mesko plant noted Mateusz Morawiecki. We would like to continue to develop this production, because we know that it is not only needed by the Polish army, but can also be sold to the best armies in the world he added.

The Head of the Government also assured that Poland is on track towards further modernisation of the army, which is appreciated by our NATO allies.

Mesko S.A. Plant

Mesko is the largest Polish manufacturer of ammunition, as well as anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. The factory is a part of the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa [Polish Armaments Group]. Its partners include numerous institutions within the Łukasiewicz Research Network as well as civilian and military universities.

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa [Polish Armaments Group]

One of the largest defence concerns in Europe. It comprises over 50 companies (manufacturing plants, servicing centres and research centres), which a workforce numbering nearly 18 thousand employees in total.

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