Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Poland orders 40 Orlik tactical short-range unmanned aerial vehicles

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland has ordered 40 Orlik PGZ-19R tactical short-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for a range of support operations.

The deal, announced by Polish Ministry of Defense on 30 November, is valued at approximately 789,7 mln zł ($209 million) and includes options for 20 Orlik PGZ-19R tactical short-range UAV.

It is expected that the first unmanned aerial aircraft and simulators are scheduled to arrive to the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland in 2021.

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The contract covers delivery of 8 Orlik tactical UAV complexes included almost 40 unmanned aerial aircraft. The complex consists of five PGZ-19R aircraft or “air vehicles” with sensors, a ground control station (GCS), and a primary satellite link communication suite.

UAV is designed by WZL-2 (Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze) in partnership with PIT-Radwar as a reconnaissance vehicle for land forces. While WZL-2 is responsible for a vehicle and serves as a project leader and integrator, PIT-Radwar’s duties include works on a Ground Control Station.

The Orlik PGZ-19R can transmit high-quality data in real-time and can operate in significant distances from a launching point. The PGZ-19 has a hybrid engine and is launched by a pneumatic take-off system. Its maximum take-off weight is between 80 and 90kg with a payload of 20 kilograms.

According to WZL-2, PGZ-19R’s cruising speed is between 120 and 180km/h and its operational range is up to 150 kilometers. It can stay airborne for up to 12 hours. Its declared service ceiling is 5,000 meters. PGZ-19’s wingspan is 5.25 meters, while its length is 3.1 meters.

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