Poland to Order more Rosomak Armoured Vehicles

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The Ministry of National Defence Republic of Poland has placed an additional order for Rosomak 8×8 vehicles from Patria’s Polish partner Rosomak S.A. Patria will deliver components for 200 vehicles for Rosomak S.A., which produces the vehicles under Patria’s license. Deliveries will take place during 2015-2019. The order with a total value of some 90 MEUR, strengthens Patria’s order stock, but does not generate much work for the Hämeenlinna unit.

The KTO Rosomak (KTO for Kołowy Transporter Opancerzony – pol. Wheeled Armored Vehicle; Rosomak is Polish for Wolverine) is 8×8 multi-role military vehicle produced by WZM S.A. (Wojskowe Zakłady Mechaniczne Spółka Akcyjna w Siemianowicach Śląskich – lit. Military Mechanical Works Joint Stock Company in Siemianowice Śląskie). The vehicle is a licensed variant of Patria’s Armored Modular Vehicle.

In December 2002, the Polish Ministry of National Defense signed a contract to buy 690 Patria AMV vehicles, to be manufactured in Poland. The main competitors of the AMV were the MOWAG Piranha and Steyr Pandur. The Polish version features major changes from the original Patria AMV, such as the ability to be transported by C-130 Hercules or to swim through water obstacles. As part of the initial order of 690 vehicles were to be delivered in two basic variants: 313 combat IFV and 377 transport/special base vehicles. In October 2013 order increased to 997 for delivery between 2014 and 2019,[ vehicles will be delivered in following versions:

359 combat vehicles armed with a 30mm gun turret, some also armed with Spike ATGM;
122 combat vehicles armed with an unmanned 30mm gun turret and Spike ATGM;
516 base line vehicles used as a base for other variants.
The name Rosomak (Polish for Wolverine) was chosen following a contest organized by the Nowa Technika Wojskowa magazine. The Rosomak will replace obsolete OT-64 SKOT APCs and partially the BWP-1 IFV currently in service with Polish Land Forces.

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