– In the coming years Poland plans to spend ca. 130 bln PLN on acquisitions of military equipment. It would be idiotic if taxpayers’ money were to go to foreign company who make unreliable promises while equipment of the same – or even better – quality could surely be provided by Polish entities – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in “Rzeczpospolita”.
In his opinion, when settling tenders – apart from military consideration – benefits for the economy, such as the number of new jobs, benefits for the region and local companies, presence on the Polish market and the scope of corporate connections with Polish entities.
– In Poland, we have two factories producing state-of-the-art helicopters: one in Mielec – owned by the Sikorsky concern, the other is the oldest Polish helicopter producer: PZL Świdnik, currently operating within the Italian-British Agusta Westland group. Both have their advantages, though the scope of engagement on the Polish market, comprehensiveness of production and the level of employment works in favour of PZL Świdnik – reminds Andrzej Malinowski.
According to him, a tender in which a producer who does not produce the equipment in question in Poland, but declares that he will open an assembly line in our country if he wins, has the same chances of winning, is an absurdity.
– “If you can count, count on yourself” – this saying describes the approach to the defence industry in developed countries. According to this principle, the development of domestic industry is also taken into consideration, which enables countries to decrease their dependency on foreign suppliers – remarks the President of Employers of Poland.
– Long-term, ensuring that Polish industry is able to build a tank is more important than buying a tank now. Only this can give us a truly strong and independent international position – Andrzej Malinowski sums up.