The war in Ukraine - consequences for the Polish defence industry

06 september 2022
The participants of a nationwide scientific conference held on the first day of the MSPO debated the existing and possible consequences of the war beyond the eastern border of Poland. The discussion was set in the context of the Polish defence industry and its research and development facilities.

The war in Ukraine, which has been waged since the end of February, has consequences for the whole world and many industries. In the face of was, Polish defence companies and their research and development facilities face a great challenge. The geopolitical situation forces the Polish army to expand and modernise,  which in turn, forces increased production of equipment and implementation of new arms programs. The condition also affects Ukrainian enterprises, which are forced to make radical changes. - War changes the geography of the arms industry. Over 50% of Ukrainian companies in this sector have moved west of Kyiv" - said Doctor Engineer  Józef Zakrzewski.

The conference held within the scope of the jubilee 30th  International Defence Industry Exhibition offered many answers and indicated the direction for Polish defence companies' development. Desired armament production for the coming years was also determined in the course of the conference. This is related to the amount of production and the commencement of production of new weapons and military equipment types in the shortest possible perspective.

According to the publicly available data referred to by Doctor  Rafał Kołodziejczyk, nearly 6 million refugees from Ukraine have been provided assistance, over PLN 1 billion has been allocated for the purpose. - Poland has also donated equipment worth PLN 7 billion to Ukraine, which makes it the third country in the world, after the USA and England - added Doctor Engineer  Rafał Kołodziejczyk. The donated equipment included: APZR Piorun launchers and missiles, Krab cannon howitzers, Grot carbines, RGP-40 grenade launchers, LMP 2017 light infantry mortar, habitable containers, and modernised T-72M/M1/M1R tanks.

Another point of the nationwide debate was the presentation of postulates and proposals addressed to the research and development facilities of the Polish defence sector, especially those concentrated in the Polish Armaments Group. Doctor Engineer  Rafał Kołodziejczyk also mentioned the steps taken to create a Polish-Ukrainian defence company.

The professors, experts and representatives of defence sector companies present at the meeting analysed the goals mentioned above and extent implemented independently by the Polish defence industry. The cooperation areas with foreign partners from NATO and the European Union were also discussed. Dr. Paulina Zamelek from the Military University of Technology in Warsaw discussed selected consequences for the Russian Federation resulting from the military operations carried out for over half a year. - The most important include Russia's political isolation in the international arena, economic repercussions resulting from the war, social consequences, as well as technical and technological regress resulting from the lack of access to the most modern solutions - she emphasised in her speech. During the nationwide scientific conference, there was ample of time for a debate, which was eagerly used by both the speakers and participants of the meeting. Papers delivered during the conference will be included in the occasional monograph published by the ELIPSA Publishing House.

 The event organisers are:  The Institute of International Relations and Public Policies in conjunction with the Institute for Security and Safety at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce and Targi Kielce SA and partners, including Warsaw School of Management – Higher Education Institution, Staropolska Academy of Applied Sciences in Kielce, Air Force Institute of Technology, Polish Defence and Industry Agency and Polish Industrial Lobby - G expo hall, G3 conference room.


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