On Tuesday midday a framework agreement has been signed by and among the Armament Company, and a consortium shaped by PGZ and HSW, on supply of practically 1,000 Borsuk IFVs, and professional autos based mostly on a universal, modular, tracked system. The signing of the settlement happened in the existence of the Head of the Polish Ministry of Defence. The specialist vehicles variety consists of Żuk tracked reconnaissance carriers, Oset tracked reconnaissance autos, Gotem MEDEVAC platforms, Gekon ARVs, and Ares contamination reconnaissance platforms.
The approximated worth of the procurement based on the aforesaid settlement is several dozens billion zlotys (approx. USD 10 billion), although the very first deliveries for particular car or truck varieties are prepared to happen concerning 2024 and 2025.
“The very first four illustrations will be examined by the Polish Armed Forces this yr. I do hope that the Polish Armed Forces would shortly obtain new combating autos”, Minister stated by means of his Twitter account.
“We are keeping our phrase. Mariusz Błaszczak will announce a procurement of far more than 1,000 Borsuk IFVs at HSW these days”, Key Minister mentioned by using his social media channels. “We assure security for the Poles” – he extra.
Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. (HSW) is a single of the major and most vital of the Polish defence sector services. HSW is a element of the PGZ Group.
Borsuk IFV is a contemporary tracked vehicle designed for mechanized infantry things. The crew consists of a commander, a gunner, and a driver. The auto is an amphibious platform, and this feature distinguishes it from its other counterparts. Borsuk offers the crew and the troops within safety from little arms fire, anti-tank grenade launchers, and IED/mines.
The car or truck can journey at a leading velocity of 65 kph on hardened surfaces, and it can achieve speeds of up to 8 kph in an amphibious placing. Borsuk weighs 28 tonnes in its foundation variant. It is geared up with a ZSSW-30 turret, armed with Bushmaster Mk 44/S gun (able of using ABM ammunition), Spike-LR ATGM launcher and UKM-2000C 7.62 coaxial device gun. The turret options an advanced Fireplace Manage Process made by the Polish market, including WB Team, with an autotracker and hunter-killer/killer-killer aspect, whilst the electrooptic units were being shipped by PCO, a PGZ corporation.
The Borsuk layout has been developed by a consortium led by HSW S.A., and involving the entities as follows: Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Products Mechanicznych OBRUM Sp.z o.o., Wojskowe Zakłady Motoryzacyjne S.A. (Navy Automotive Operates), ROSOMAK S.A., Armed forces Digital Works S.A., War Experiments College, Armed service College of Engineering, Wojskowy Instytut Techniki Pancernej i Samochodowej (Armed forces Armed service Institute of Armoured and Automotive Engineering) and Warsaw University of Technological innovation.
The head of the Polish Ministry of Defence has also built a fairly vital and astonishing assertion, concerning the Borsuk IFV household:
“I want to share an additional piece of great information with you. The Technical Modernization Council has accredited a job that would also be handed off to HSW, aimed at preparing and making ready the output of an IFV which would be heavier than Borsuk. That IFV would be built out of two foundation factors: the HSW Krab base system, and the ZSSW-30 turret – predicted to be put in on Borsuk, but also on the heavier variation. That heavier variant will be the most important devices for the 18th Mechanized Division, and it would be working with the Abrams main struggle tanks that would, this calendar year, be commissioned in the 1st Armoured Brigade of the 18th Mechanized Division.”
That piece of information and facts might be a shock for some, but all those adhering to these matters closely should not be daunted. A notion that made use of to be loosely mentioned in the past would be made use of below. The standard benefit is the point that that concept can make it achievable to speedily create a weighty IFV, with no the necessity to go as a result of the time-consuming exploration, essential to establish the current Borsuk for it to evolve to a heavier, perfectly-armored version. HSW had been generating statements on that in the past. And this state of affairs is plausible, but it requires resolving various, intricate technicalities, generally tied to ballistic and IED/mine security stages. The K9/K9PL platform applied for Krab is effectively recognised at HSW, know-how-clever. The terms of licensing allow HSW to implement in-depth style improvements and modifications, and also adjustments tailoring the new platform to act in a function of an IFV.
In a condition where by the decision produced on 27th February has just been unveiled, no one is heading to make any deadline declarations on the demonstration of the weighty K9PL/Borsuk system. We keep on being prepared to interact in a technological dialogue on that make a difference, Jan Szwedo, President of the HSW business declared.