American technology company L3Harris will maintain radio communications of Poland’s military and open a facility in Katowice for electro-optical manufacturing, a company official told Defensehere.
L3Harris Technologies and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in September.
The company statement said “MoU was intended to enhance communication systems integration and sustainment for the Polish Armed Forces and bolster Poland’s indigenous defense industry. The MOU furthers collaboration between L3Harris and PGZ with a shared vision of rapid response to Polish defense sector requirements from system development to in-country field maintenance.”
Tiziana Cotugno, L3Harris’ Corporate Executive for EU and NATO, emphasized the memorandum of understanding (MoU) they signed with Poland’s defense procurement holding PGZ is in the context of Poland being in the frontline of Ukraine-Russia war.
Cotugno noted L3Harris’ plans for opening a manufacturing facility in Katowice, Poland that will focus on electro-optical technology, stating that L3Harris “hope to do a ceremony on that opening in 2024.” Cotugno explained the logic behind the move as L3Harris’ goal as increasing local investment while being close to its customers.
Cotugno also pointed out L3Harris’ other investments in Europe, stating that “In Italy we increased our presence on the maritime side, the with a company called Calzoni in the northern inside of Italy and is focused on the maritime and you will see on our website and that our presence in Europe will increase more and more.”
L3Harris opened a 5,500-square meter manufacturing center in Bologna, Italy in June 2023. Cotugno, a native of Naples, leads L3Harris Italy as Country Executive.