Poland Plans to Expand its Defense Industry

16/08/2023 - 22:10
Source: defence24pl
Source: defence24pl

The Polish Ministry of Defense has announced three new contracts in collaboration with the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), signaling a significant step towards the nation's defense modernization efforts. As reported by Sarbaz.kz with reference to defence24pl, these agreements encompass the procurement of approximately 400 Light Reconnaissance Vehicles (LRV), along with framework contracts for Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicles (HIFV) and new Wheeled Armored Transporters.

These contracts are integral components of Poland's substantial defense expenditures over the past two years, aimed at upgrading its Armed Forces. Among the recent acquisitions are Abrams tanks, Apache combat helicopters, HIMARS rocket systems from the United States, South Korean K2 tanks, Chunmoo rocket launchers, self-propelled howitzers K9, and FA-50 fighter aircraft.

Light Reconnaissance Vehicles (LRV)

The first contract, jointly signed by PGZ and Rosomak consortium, outlines the delivery of approximately 400 all-wheel-drive LRVs, at an approximate cost of 1.2 billion Polish zlotys (equivalent to $290 million USD). The delivery timeline spans from 2024 to 2030.

Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak expressed satisfaction with the LRV project, highlighting the rapid production capabilities at the Rosomak factory in Poland. The LRV, based on the South Korean KIA KLTV platform, has been tailored to meet the requirements of the Polish Armed Forces. The Ministry of Defense intends to refine the design based on feedback from Polish military personnel.

Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicles (HIFV)