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Long time no see. Today, the Polish MoD signed a contract for 341 ZSSW-30 turrets. The first production batch is composed of 70x ZSSW-30 turrets, which are to be fitted to Rosomak wheeled IFVs. The batches to follow are meant to incorporate upgrades/modifications based on feedback from the armed forces. Contract for the 70x turrets is worth around 367 mln. $

 

 

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Maybe, we have to remind Poland had an heavy IFV in the past : Anders. 
So, if the future field army is articulated in both an heavy and a medium force, it can make sens. 
We have to remind they have a specific problem with their river system. This is why Borsuk is needed. 

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Honestly they could just as well revive Anders. They apparently don't want to buy the AS21 Redback, but the Redback hull and fit it with the ZSSW-30 turret of the Borsuk & latest Rosomak. The same turret could also be integrated into Anders with ease.

 

Polish procurement is interesting... strongly driven by politics and somewhat erratic. Parts of the Polish defence industry are suing the government for the apparently cancellation of the Wilk program in favor of government-to-government deals.

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4 hours ago, Serge said:

What I don’t understand is how can you switch from the Korean K2 MBT to the PL standard during an upgrade. 

 

K2PL which is dealt is almost the same as K2NO. The only differences will be another APS (KAPS instead of Trophy), Polish-made parts, programator for M1147 integrated with CN08 and Leonardo DRS / Sitaware BMS.

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Both K2 and K2PL (considering what was shown) are very different. 
Passing from an 6 road wheels chassis to a 7 road wheels one is a challenge. Up-armoring an unarmoured tank is challenging too. Changing the pilot position too, and so on. 
Sharing both the same radio and BMS is a basic. 

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1 hour ago, Serge said:

Both K2 and K2PL (considering what was shown) are very different. 
Passing from an 6 road wheels chassis to a 7 road wheels one is a challenge. Up-armoring an unarmoured tank is challenging too. Changing the pilot position too, and so on. 
Sharing both the same radio and BMS is a basic. 

 

You don't understand me. K2PL which is signed tomorrow will use the same 6 road wheels chassis with the same driver position (and hull rack position) as in basic K2 and K2NO.

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Official details on the Polish contract for South Korean hardware 

https://www.gov.pl/web/obrona-narodowa/czolgi-k2-haubice-k9-i-samoloty-fa-50---wojsko-polskie-otrzyma-potezne-uzbrojenie-a-polski-przemysl-zbrojeniowy-silny-impuls-do-rozwoju

 

Points of Note 

K2

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"K2 tanks - the order is divided into two stages - in the first stage, 180 tanks will be acquired (deliveries will begin later this year), and the second stage is more than 800 tanks in the K2PL standard - in 2026 the production of K2PL tanks will be launched in Poland. Tanks procured in the first stage will also be Polonized and brought to the K2PL standard."

 

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K9

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"As the Deputy Prime Minister noted, the first stage of deliveries, assuming the delivery of 48 cannon howitzers, will start this year."

 

"Deliveries of more than 600 howitzers will start in 2024, and from 2026 they will be manufactured in Poland. From the very beginning, K9 will be equipped with Polish communication systems and will be plugged into the integrated Topaz combat management system."

 

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I thought Polish Krab was based on K9 but wouldn't make sense to buy K9 then but great to see that Poland takes current situation serious and becomes no. 1 military power in Europe.

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