BAE Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Polish state-owned company Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) to provide land solutions for Poland’s armed forces.

The MoU represents the progress of industrial cooperation between the companies, generating greater synergies across different defence projects.

The expanded scope of work under the agreement will also include the two companies providing support for the Polish Armed Forces’ existing modernisation programmes.

This bilateral strategic partnership will primarily focus on delivering M88 Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARV), along with other combat vehicle solutions to the Polish Armed Forces.

The M88 ARV programme is a crucial part of the M1A2 Abrams tank procurement programme, launched by the Polish Ministry of National Defence earlier this year.

BAE Systems Platforms and Services sector president Jeremy Tondreault said: “The M88 programme now gives us the opportunity to deliver localisation of sustainment services to Poland.

“We look forward to delivering the best, most capable recovery and battlefield solutions to equip Poland’s land forces with the modern, proven Nato platforms necessary to preserve European stability.”

Other combat vehicle support included under the agreement is a highly survivable Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) that provides substantial mobility, protection, reliability and interoperability to the forces.

If requested by PGZ and agreed to by BAE Systems, the companies may also provide support for the Polish Abrams-based heavy brigades as part of the new cooperative agreement.

Both BAE Systems and PGZ will work together to explore and secure different mission critical capabilities and their lifecycle support within the Polish defence industry facilities.

PGZ management board president Sebastian Chwałek said: “We’re committed to increasing the value and scope of our strategic partnership with every company that’s involved in Polish Armed Forces technical modernisation programmes.”