The Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland on 30 June officially received its new 120 mm “Rak” self-propelled mortar systems, according to the Ministry of National Defence.
17th “Wielkopolska” Mechanized Brigade has officially received the elements of the first company-level fire unit including the 120 mm “Rak” (Crayfish) self-propelled mortar, based on an 8×8 Rosomak armoured vehicle personnel carrier chassis.
“This is a proof that the Polish Army is changing, undergoes modernization, getting the best equipment available. Thanks to the above, all of us, the whole Poland, may feel safe” said Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Defence, Bartosz Kownacki.
The RAK is designed and manufactured by the Polish Defense Company HSW (Huta Stalowa Wola). The RAK 120mm self-propelled mortar carrier is operated by a crew of three and can be ready to fire from a running position in less than 30 seconds, and leave the firing position under 15 seconds. The 120mm mortar system has a rate of fire from 6 to 8 rounds per minute.