Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz has signed a contract for delivery of Warmate drones to the Polish army.
On 20 November Polish WB Group was awarded a PLN 100 million (USD20 million) contract for the supply of Warmate Micro Combat Unmanned Aircraft System to the Polish Army.
According to the agreement signed with the armed forces, 100 sets of short-range combat unmanned aircraft systems will be delivered. Each set consists of 10 drones.
The “suicide drone” is intended to combine the advantages of a drone and a bomb and can hover for 50 minutes before swooping down on a target. With a range of 12 km, the system exists in vehicle-mounted and man-portable versions. It can be operated by one person and is launched from a pneumatic launcher.
The Warmate system is designed in order to support the following combat operations, depending on the payload in use:
- Surveillance, detection, recognition and identification of the objects of interest (EO/IR payload GS9),
- Detection and strike against the enemy personnel (EO-fragmentation charge warhead),
- Detection and strike against the enemy’s light armored vehicles (EO-linear cumulative charge warhead).
The selection of the mission profile is being performed by choosing the proper payload/warhead just before the system operation. The payloads are interchangeable by sharing common interfaces. Micro C-UAS WARMATE can be operated as an autonomous and independent system, being transported by the army or special forces troops.
The system has also the capability of being installed onboard the military vehicles, such us the terrain vehicle or armored personnel carrier. The subsystem as the Ground Control Station or Ground Data Terminal can be seamlessly integrated with the vehicle’s onboard installation making it a part of the system.