Poland Allocates Credit for Joint Weapons Production with Ukraine

This development comes amidst uncertainty over previous rifle contract with Ukraine
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 09:07 AM, February 5, 2024
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Poland Allocates Credit for Joint Weapons Production with Ukraine
Piorun MANPADS @via open sources

In a recent announcement, Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, disclosed that Poland has extended a credit line for the joint production of weapons with Ukraine.

The revelation was made during a Telemarathon live broadcast, where Zhovkva emphasized the importance of acquiring additional components for Ukrainian forces.

“Poland has allocated credit for joint production of weapons by Ukraine and Poland. This is very important. We have components of Polish weapons that are already being supplied and are fighting in Ukraine. And we need more,” Zhovkva said.

Despite the announcement, the details of specific defense projects to be undertaken through this collaboration remain undisclosed. Moreover, during a meeting on February 2 with the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Polish Republic, discussions on security guarantees for Ukraine were initiated, leaving the scope of these guarantees unclear.

Poland Allocates Credit for Joint Weapons Production with Ukraine
Transport containers with Polish MSBS Grot assault rifles.

Ukraine currently relies on various products from the Polish military-industrial complex, including Piorun MANPADS, Warmate loitering munitions, Rosomak armored personnel carriers, Krab 155mm self-propelled guns, and Grot assault rifles. However, recent developments have raised questions about the status of a previously announced contract for the production of Grot rifles.

Former Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak had disclosed Ukraine's order of MSBS Grot rifles in March of the previous year. However, as of January 15, 2024, ONET journalists investigating the matter revealed that neither Fabryka Broni nor Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa had entered into agreements with Ukraine for the sale of MSBS Grot rifles. The lack of clarity surrounding the status, quantity, and cost of the supposed contract has added a layer of uncertainty to the bilateral defense relations between Poland and Ukraine.

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