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Polish Armed Forces received the first “Rak” self-propelled mortars

Polish Armed Forces received the first “Rak” self-propelled mortars 30.06.2017

On 30 June 2017, the military base in Międzyrzecz, where the 17th Wielkopolska Mechanised Brigade is stationed, hosted the official handover of the elements of the first wheeled 120 mm “Rak” self-propelled mortar company fire module to the Polish Armed Forces. The event marked the beginning of artillery equipment deliveries to the Polish Armed Forces under the contract signed by the MoND Armament Inspectorate and the consortium of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa companies Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. (consortium leader) and Rosomak S.A.

The ceremony of handing over the elements of the first wheeled 120mm “Rak” self-propelled mortar company fire module was attended by:Ministry of National Defence Secretary of State Bartosz Kownacki, General Commander of Armed Forces Branches Major General Jarosław Mika, Operating Commander of Armed Forces Branches Major General Sławomir Wojciechowski, Armed Forces Supervision Department Director at the Office for National Defence Brigadier General Jarosław Kraszewski, Head of the Armament Inspectorate Colonel Dariusz Pluta, Director of the MoND Armament Policy Department Colonel Karol Dymanowski, President of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A.’s Management Board Błażej Wojnicz and President of Huta Stalowa Wola S.A.’s Management Board Bernard Cichocki.

The contract between the MoND Armament Inspectorate and the consortium formed by Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. and Rosomak S.A. was signed in April 2016 in the presence of Prime Minister Beata Szydło.The value of the contract is almost one billion zlotys (over PLN 968m) and the procurement provides for delivering eight code-name "Rak" company fire modules for the Polish Armed Forces.Each of the eight modules consists of: eight 120 mm “Rak” self-propelled mortars, two company commander command-post vehicles, two fire platoon commander command-post vehicles, two artillery reconnaissance vehicles and three artillery ammunition supply vehicles.Signed on April 2016, the contract covers also handover tests of the elements comprising the first “Rak” company fire module, a training for soldiers, and delivering technical documentation for serial production.

Accepting the elements of the first “Rak” company fire module self-propelled mortar on a wheeled chassis for service by the Polish Armed Forces marks the beginning of the first phase of deliveries of equipment ordered by the MoND Armament Inspectorate.The ceremony at the military base where the 17th Wielkopolska Mechanised Brigade is stationed featured the handover of eight 120 mm "Rak" self-propelled mortars and four artillery command-post vehicles to the Polish Armed Forces.Previously, individual elements of the "Rak” self-propelled mortar company fire module successfully completed all tests and met all requirements of the military.

Eight 120 mm “Rak” self-propelled mortars form the core of each company fire module.“Rak” is a state-of-the-art piece of artillery equipment, considered one of the best of its class in the world.The 120 mm self-propelled mortar is used for laying indirect, semi-direct and direct fire at such targets as mechanised units, command posts, command-observation points, and fortification elements.It is characterised by a high rate of fire (8 shots per minute) and a range of up to 10 km.Its equipment comprises, among other things, TALIN inertial navigation system + GPS, computer with fire control system, hunter-killer system, internal and external communication system, laser warning system, 360-degree observation system, and smoke grenade launchers.Next to the 120 mm gun, the mortar is equipped also with a universal 7.62 mm machine gun.

In its offer, Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. has two variants of the 120mm self-propelled mortar, namely on a KTO “Rosomak” wheeled chassis and on a tracked chassis.The possibility to adapt the chassis to the customer’s needs make the offer attractive for potential users, creating the possibility for launching serial production for export purposes.So far, a number of countries expressed their interest in acquiring the 120mm “Rak” self-propelled mortar.According to Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A., the main potential exports markets for this product are Slovenia, Belgium, Mexico, Peru and Kazakhstan.

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Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) is the leader of the Polish industry and one of the largest defence firms in Europe. It brings together 60 companies (defence, shipyard, new technology sectors) and generates annual revenues at the level of PLN 5 billion. Thanks to the potential of technology polonisation, strict cooperation with Polish scientific environment and emphasis on the research and development process PGZ offers innovative products which improve the safetyAmong other thingsPGZ offers a very short range air defence system with a PODRAD set and SOŁA radar; a portable GROM antiaircraft; a system of unmanned E-310 aircrafts; ROSOMAK wheeled armoured vehicle; self-propelled tracked KRAB howitzer; BERYL soldier individual equipment with BERYL rifle. PGZ also is competent in designing, construction and equipment of the ships. Furthermore, PGZ is modernising and servicing the vehicles, airplanes, helicopters, ships (as well as the former USSR equipment). In the years to come PGZ will develop space, satellite and cyber technologies.

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