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BWP Borsuk. The head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak approved a framework agreement for the purchase of vehicles for the Polish Army

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The Minister of National Defense and Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz Błaszczak approved on Tuesday a contract for the purchase of about 1,400 Borsuk tracked infantry fighting vehicles and accompanying vehicles. The first four copies are to be delivered to the Polish army this year. – The era of the Borsuk IFV has come – said the head of the Ministry of National Defense at a press conference in Stalowa Wola. The vehicles will be produced by Huta Stalowa Wola.

The new vehicles are to replace the BWP-1 vehicles constructed in the USSR. The first four Badgers are to be delivered this year. In addition to the Badgers, in the combat variant, the contract provides for orders for reconnaissance, command, medical evacuation, technical security and contamination reconnaissance vehicles.

Mariusz Blaszczak said during the ceremony at Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) that the approval of the Borsuki contract is one of many projects entrusted to the steelworks recently. – The approval of the framework agreement on the procurement of Borsuk infantry fighting vehicles for the needs of the Polish Army was described by one of the Internet portals as the largest project in the history of the Polish defense industry for 50 years. And that’s how it can be assessed, that’s all we’ve just witnessed – said the head of the Ministry of National Defence.

He emphasized that HSW today is a “strong brand” and produces high-quality weapons that are “combat-proven”. He reminded that the armed forces are also recipients of the armaments from Stalowa Wola Ukraine.

The head of the Ministry of National Defense on the purchase of the Borsuk IFV

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The head of the Ministry of National Defense also informed that the Technical Modernization Council approved the design of a vehicle heavier than Borsuk, directed to HSW, using the chassis of the Krab self-propelled howitzer and the ZSSW-30 unmanned turret, used in Borsuk. The heavier vehicle is to be delivered to the 18th Mechanized Division, which will be armed with Abrams tanks.

Mariusz Błaszczak at Huta Stalowa WolaPAP/Darek Delmanowicz

– I hope that in a very short time the Polish Army will be equipped with new infantry fighting vehicles – said the minister. – The time of the infantry fighting vehicle, which has been used so far in the Polish Army, has passed, now the era of the Borsuk IFV has come – declared the minister.

The first four Badgers are to be delivered this year to the 16th Mechanized Division, whose units are deployed in north-eastern Poland.

Błaszczak: The Polish Army is moving away from post-Soviet armament

Błaszczak pointed out that the Polish Army is moving away from post-Soviet weapons very quickly and focuses on weapons that are modern and in line with the standards FOR THIS. He thanked, among others Borsuk constructors. In his opinion, the design of this vehicle will revolutionize the equipment of the Polish Army.

The deputy prime minister reminded that the government “as a rule” orders weapons from Polish factories and supplements them with purchases of armaments from USA and South Korea. – It must be emphasized that this weapon is compatible and interoperable – added Błaszczak.

The head of the Ministry of National Defense signed a contract for the delivery of the Borsuk IFVPAP/Darek Delmanowicz

The President of PGZ, Sebastian Chwałek, emphasized that the decision to purchase approximately 1,400 Borsuk IFVs is a breakthrough in decisions regarding modernization Polish army. – This is a technological leap for the army, for the defense of the state – he assessed. According to Chwałek, the decision to purchase Borsuks increases the potential of the Polish defense industry and ensures stable jobs in Polish plants.

The President of PGZ reminded that HSW already produces e.g. Krab howitzers and Rak mortar. – This plant has huge potential, we will develop it all the time – assured Chwałek.

BWP Borsuk

The Borsuk IFV is based on a universal, modular tracked platform (UMPG) and is equipped with a remotely controlled turret system (ZSSW-30). The crew consists of 3 soldiers: commander, weapons operator and driver. The vehicle is designed to transport 6 soldiers to the battlefield area, while ensuring an appropriate level of protection.

The vehicle has the ability to fight infantry, armored vehicles, air targets and other objects in all weather conditions and at any time of the day. The Borsuk IFV will cooperate with sub-units of the K2 family tanks, which will become part of the equipment of, among others, 16th Mechanized Division.

BWP BorsukDarek Delmanowicz/PAP

The vehicle is characterized by high mobility and the ability to overcome terrain obstacles, including water obstacles, and can be operated in various climatic conditions. The maximum speed when moving on paved roads is 65 km/h, and for swimming 8 km/h. The combat weight of the vehicle in the basic variant is 28 tons.

A very important element of Borsuk is the remotely controlled turret system (ZSSW-30) developed by Huta Stalowa Wola SA together with WB Electronics SA, whose main armament is the Bushmaster Mk.44S autocannon. It enables firing with the use of five different types of ammunition, including programmable ammunition. Auxiliary armament, integrated with the turret, is a modified 7.62 mm UKM-2000C machine gun coupled with the cannon. Additional armament is also a double launcher of anti-tank guided missiles.

Main photo source: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz

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