On Monday, October 10, 2016, Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz participated in a meeting with the production crew of Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o. – PZL Mielec.
The head of the Defence Ministry also met with the management of PZL Mielec and visited the Aircraft Study and Testing Center (Pol.: Centrum Badań i Prób Statków Powietrznych).
«Later this week talks will begin, which will be concluded this year. (…) This year, the first helicopters will be delivered, allowing for exercises by our special forces to occur. This shows what potential Poland has, and what potential Mielec has», said the Defence Minister during a meeting with the employees of PZL Mielec.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the Secretary of State in the Defence Ministry Bartosz Kownacki visited PZL Świdnik (Pol.: Wytwórnia Sprzętu Komunikacyjnego PZL – Świdnik S.A.).
During the visit, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Minister met with the plant crew.
During her visit on Monday in Świdnik, Prime Minister Beata Szydło recalled that «The Program of Responsible Development» (Pol.: «Program na Rzecz Odpowiedzialnego Rozwoju») focuses on the reindustrialization and development of modern innovative technologies based on indigenous potential. «We want to rebuild Polish industry and give it a chance. We want it to become the «flywheel of development» in Poland and for Polish companies to have a chance to compete with the best in the world. This is the ambition of our Government», said the Prime Minister. «The basis for this industry is for it to be the supply source of the Polish Armed Forces», she added.
«The Polish Government must defend the best interest of the Polish State, and thus understood, is the supply of good and modern weaponry for our Armed Forces», stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. As she later added, «The priority of the government is for Poland to have new firms and factories producing, good, world-renowned equipment, including equipment for the army (…)», summing up.
«The interest of the security of the State requires that companies produce and service helicopters», said, in turn, the Deputy Minister of Defense Bartosz Kownacki, referring to the end of the offset talks regarding the Caracal helicopters.
«Since the terms of the offset (…) have not been met, since they did not meet the security interests of the State, we could not sign this agreement», added Mr. Bartosz Kownacki.
The Deputy Minister stressed that the negotiations could not continue indefinitely, because the needs of the armed forces require the providing of appropriate, modern helicopters in the earliest possible time frame.