On Tuesday, December 19, Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom, a company that belongs to the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) holding company, summarized its activities in 2023.
The FB Łucznik-Radom can consider 2023 a successful year. It was not only a time of intense work but also of a unique product premiere. During this year’s edition of the International Defence Industry Exhibition, a completely new product entirely designed and manufactured by the Radom-based company was presented—the Modular Semi-Automatic Pistol (MPS).
Additionally, part of the project expanding the production capabilities of FB Łucznik-Radom was completed in 2023.
We can undoubtedly consider the year 2023 as successful for the Fabryka Broni “Łucznik”-Radom. We have maintained our strong position in the market. We still operate in a challenging and demanding reality, but we are prepared for any contingency. Throughout the year, we worked intensively. Thanks to well-planned production, all deliveries to our clients were executed according to schedule. Increased production and the continuous development of the company also contribute to the gradual growth in employment, says Dr. Wojciech Arndt, the CEO of FB Łucznik-Radom.
The increase in the number of employees is also significant for the company’s project called Expansion of Production Capacity of Fabryka Broni “Łucznik”-Radom, which aims to increase the manufacturing capacity of the facility.
The project has been divided into two stages.
The first stage concerns the implementation of investment processes involving the purchase of machinery and equipment, as well as the adaptation of plant infrastructure to increase the manufacturing capabilities of the facility. It has been divided into several tasks and is practically completed, as we are awaiting the delivery of the final equipment, explains Dr. Wojciech Arndt.
The second stage of the mentioned project involves expanding the plant infrastructure, including the construction of a new office-production-warehouse building and the development and purchase of new technological lines for electroplating processes. This stage has been formally initiated, and its completion is planned for the year 2026.
Additional orders and new contracts
The year 2023 was also a period of intensive production for the Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom. The coming years are expected to be equally active. All of this is the result of long-term contracts concluded for the supply of weapons, primarily to the Polish Armed Forces. In the past year, amendments to previous agreements were also signed.
In early January of last year, Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom signed an annex with the Polish Armament Agency for approximately 826 million PLN gross for additional deliveries of MSBS Grot assault rifles chambered in 5.56mm x 45 ammunition for the Polish Armed Forces. It was approved by the then Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, together with another agreement with the Armament Agency for over 11 million PLN gross for the supply of 250 Grot-7.62N precision rifles chambered in 7.62mm x 51 NATO ammunition for the Polish Armed Forces. This agreement was signed on February 24th of last year. On the same day, the parties signed another annex for the delivery of an additional 88 thousand MSBS Grot rifles for the Polish army, with an approximate value of 1 billion PLN gross.
On May 19, 2023, the company entered into another agreement with the Armament Agency worth over 160 million PLN gross for supplying nearly 28,000 Vis 100 pistols for the Polish Armed Forces. On the same day, an agreement was also signed to deliver approximately 200 representative MSBS Grot R rifles to the Polish army, with a gross value of approximately 2.6 million PLN.
It’s worth mentioning that in November 2023, Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom experienced a historic moment. The one hundred thousandth unit of the MSBS Grot rifle rolled off the production line, and it was delivered to the Polish Armed Forces. This flagship product of the Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom has been in service with the Polish military since 2017.
Among the recipients of the products manufactured by the company is also the Border Guard. It was with them, during the 2nd International POLSECURE Fair on April 25 of last year, that Fabryka Broni “Łucznik”-Radom signed an agreement for the supply of 240 MSBS Grot C16 FB-A2 assault rifles chambered in 5.56mm x 45 caliber.
Premiere of the New Pistol
Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom not only continues to work on the timely fulfillment of orders according to the existing schedules outlined in contracts but also keeps a team of designers and technologists working on new firearms designs. One of those was showcased by the company in the past year. We’re talking about the Modular Semiautomatic Pistol (MPS) with a polymer grip and a striker-fired mechanism, intended for both shooting enthusiasts and uniformed services. The premiere of the new Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom product took place during the 31st International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce. This latest project is entirely the company’s own initiative. Work on the pistol began at the end of 2018 and continued until the end of 2022. The Modular Semiautomatic Pistol chambered in 9mm x 19mm aims to enhance and expand the company’s product range. The new product has received very positive reviews, and the company is preparing to introduce the pistol to the market.
During the development of the Modular Semiautomatic Pistol, our team focused on ensuring the highest level of safety. The design underwent rigorous testing that confirmed the reliability and safety of the firearm, says Seweryn Figurski, a member of the board of the Fabryka Broni.
The American Market
Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom maintains its pace of production, primarily for the Polish Armed Forces, but it does not neglect its international business partners. This includes companies like Arms of America from Texas and Atlantic Firearms from South Carolina. Through the distribution networks of the mentioned companies, various firearms, including Vis 100 M1 pistols chambered in 9mm x 19 ammunition, as well as Beryl rifles in 7.62mm x 39 and 5.56mm x 45 /.233 Remington calibers, made their way into the hands of American shooters in the civilian market in 2023.
We are aware that firearm users across the ocean are demanding customers with a wealth of knowledge about firearms. Therefore, we are all the more pleased that our products continue to be eagerly purchased by American shooters who are already familiar with our offer, says Seweryn Figurski.
Visiting Fabryka Broni “Łucznik”-Radom
The past year was also intense for the company in terms of visits by high-level state officials. In March, we had the honor of hosting President Andrzej Duda, who met with the Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom’s management, toured the production facilities, and engaged in discussions with the employees. In September, the factory was visited by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and at the beginning of the year, we welcomed Mariusz Błaszczak, the Minister of National Defense.
The visits of the most important figures in the state have reinforced our belief that we hold a high position in the Polish defense industry. We are pleased with this and, at the same time, it motivates us to continue our intensive work on the development of our existing products and activities related to the development of new designs, explains Dr. Wojciech Arndt.
Nomination for a Prestigious Award
In 2023, Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom was the only defense company to be nominated for the prestigious Business Award of the President of the Republic of Poland. The nomination in the category of Research and Development was shared with the Military University of Technology, with whom it forms a Scientific-Industrial Consortium.