According to a press release by lockheed martin, Polish defense manufacturer Wojskowe Zaklady Uzbroje SA (WZU SA) has completed their first Manufacturing Readiness Review (MRR), accordingly they will begin production of prototype heater controller units and launcher cables for Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE).
The MRR allows Lockheed Martin to assess WZU's production readiness by assessing the progress of implementing key requirements, including processes, business management systems and production capacity.
WZU and Lockheed Martin started their cooperation as a result of the Wisła industrial partnership agreement signed between the State Treasury of the Republic of Poland and the American defense company in 2018.
The successful completion of the MRR was due to WZU's investment and the timely completion of refurbishment of production facilities in order to meet the strict manufacturing requirements of the U.S. government.
The development paves the way for WZU to begin production of prototype heater controller units and launcher cables for Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 MSE.
These elements constitute the interface between the launcher and the missile and ensure an appropriate working environment and the exchange of signals between the components of the PATRIOT system, especially in the weather conditions prevailing in Poland.
Once the prototype units are completed, a second MRR will follow which, upon successful completion, will allow WZU to be added to the list of Lockheed Martin approved suppliers for the PAC-3 MSE.