Contrary to preconceptions, the list of priorities common to the current and previous government – at least in the sphere of declarations – is not so short. (…) "Polish arms industry is not an ambition of the government, but a strategic decision that will prevent, among others, economic risks. It would be a threat to put production outside our country and Europe." Who is the author of these words? Beata Szydło? Or Antoni Macierewicz? No! These words were spoken in 2014... by Donald Tusk – writes the President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in "Rzeczpospolita".
– If words could do wonders, the weaponry and equipment would have long since been upgraded based on products made in Poland. Unfortunately, in recent years the more was said about procurement for the army and the more we were assured that Polish companies would be involved, the less happened. And when something happened, it was in an atmosphere of scandal. The choice of utility helicopters is the best example of such a situation – assesses the President of Employers of Poland.
Malinowski points out that according to many commentators, due to the international situation in which Poland has found itself, it would be advisable to abstain from taking decisions in several important tenders for equipment for the Polish Army. – This means that the choice of partners for the modernization of the army could become one of the elements of the diplomatic game. And during a game a strong card should be kept for long as possible, not thrown on the table in the first second – he emphasizes.
– Difficult relations with partners, paradoxically, allow you to change the current approach to arms procurement, according to which American, French, and German companies have to get their share, and the rest is to be divided among others. We can now insist on utilizing the potential of Polish companies, so that they are not only assemblers of equipment manufactured and serviced abroad, but producers through and through – writes the President of Employers of Poland.
– It does not mean that we should cease cooperation with our current partners. We should, however, have some new players in the game, those who have been in the shadow of the leaders. For example – Israel. It is a state, where defense has been brought to perfection, as for decades is has been a sad day-to-day reality of the whole society, and not just the domain of officials. (…) Israel is just an example, because the same opportunities open up for Scandinavian countries. The Polish government has strong cards in their hands. The question is – will it decide to play quickly and efficiently, or will the next few years be wasted? The answer depends only on our decision-makers. And it would be good if we knew it as soon as possible – concludes Malinowski.