BAE Systems is partnering with state owned Polish Defense Holding for an upcoming tracked fighting vehicle program for the European country, according to a Defense News article.
Andrew Chuter writes that the companies are expected to sign an official partnership agreement Wednesday to compete for the Polish military’s contract of 600 25-ton-plus tracked fighting vehicles.
Under the partnership, the companies will develop a fighting vehicle roughly based on BAE’s CV-90 vehicle technology that is intended to meet the Polish military's universal tracked platform requirement, according to the article.
The Anders armored vehicle program technology previously developed by Polish Defense Holding, formerly known as the Bumar Group, is also likely to be drawn on for the new vehicle.
If chosen for the contract, Polish Defense Holding will work with BAE to deliver the first vehicle to Poland by 2018 and wrap up the program by 2022.
According to the article, Poland is one of the only countries in Europe that continues to increase its defense spending.