Saturday, July 20, 2024

Poland signs multi-billion deal for new combat vehicles

On July 8, in Warsaw, Poland signed a significant contract for the delivery of several dozen Rosomak wheeled armored personnel carriers integrated with ZSSW-30 remote-controlled turret systems.

The contract, valued at approximately 2.6 billion PLN ($661 million), was signed between the State Treasury – Armament Agency and a consortium comprising Huta Stalowa Wola S.A., Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A., Rosomak S.A., and WB Electronics S.A.

The agreement includes the procurement of 58 Rosomak armored vehicles equipped with SPIKE-LR anti-tank guided missile launchers. Additionally, the contract encompasses a logistics package that includes spare parts.

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The deliveries are scheduled to be completed between 2026 and 2027, significantly bolstering Poland’s military hardware.

The ZSSW-30 turret system was developed through a collaborative effort between Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. and WB Electronics S.A., resulting in a prototype and technical documentation. The system is designed for the destruction of armored targets, enemy fortifications, and providing fire support during combat operations. The turret’s electro-optical systems enable operations in various weather conditions and during both day and night.

The main armament of the Rosomak with the ZSSW-30 system is the Bushmaster Mk.44S automatic cannon, capable of automatic and semi-automatic fire using five different types of ammunition, including programmable rounds. The auxiliary armament includes a modified 7.62mm UKM-2000C machine gun and a twin SPIKE-LR anti-tank guided missile launcher. The weaponry can be loaded both externally and internally.

One of the standout features of the ZSSW-30 system is its ability for the commander and the weapon operator to independently observe, detect, identify, and track land and air targets using the autotracker function. The system also allows the crew to operate in “hunter-killer” mode, where the commander identifies and locates a target, which is then relayed to the weapon operator for targeting and destruction.

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