Huta Stalowa Wola S.A., a company that belongs to Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, concluded an agreement worth more than one hundred million zlotys with the Arms Inspectorate for the supply of Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles for the firing modules of the 120 mm self-propelled RAK mortars.
The agreement provides for the delivery of 24 Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles during the years 2019 – 2020. These vehicles are designed for tasks consisting in supplying the company firing module with ammunition. It concerns both the transport of ammunition and its mechanised loading and unloading.
“The history of Huta Stalowa Wola shows that Polish defence industry has great potential. This facility is performing a number of strategic projects for the Technical Modernisation Programme, such as “RAK”, “REGINA”, or “WISŁA”. Its future includes ambitious research and development projects, such as the development of the amphibious “BORSUK” APC and the associated “ZSSW-30” turret system, or the “BAOBAB” scattered mine-laying vehicle,” said Witold Słowik, President of the Board of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa. “Long-term planning and consistent goal completion bring measurable benefits both for our Armed Forces and the economy,” he added.
Mr Słowik also mentioned the satisfying financial results of HSW. “In 2018 this facility generated more than 37 million zlotys of profit. At the end of the first half-year of 2019 the company had reached 26.5 million zlotys of net profit, which is double the planned result,” said the President of PGZ.
Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles constitute an element of the RAK company firing module. They are based on the JELCZ 882.53 truck with armoured cab for two people. The chassis is equipped with a hook container loading system, an onboard internal and external communication system (FONET), a filtered ventilation system, a satellite navigation receiver, and a machine gun nest. The body consists of 6 special pallets for transporting cal. 120 mm ammunition. The pallets are equipped with locking mechanisms used for fixing the pallet on the container’s platform.
“The Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles are an element of the RAK company firing modules delivered by Huta Stalowa Wola to the Armed Forces pursuant to the agreement from 2016. The cal. 120 mm mortar included in the module is one our most innovative products. Its autonomous nature, firepower, mobility, rate of fire, and virtually full automation place RAK among the top modern artillery systems,” said Bartłomiej Zając, President of the Board of Huta Stalowa Wola S.A.
In its final configuration the Company Firing Module will consist of eight M120 RAK and 4 Artillery Command Vehicles based on the Rosomak chassis. Additional components will include two Artillery Reconnaissance Vehicles and logistics facilities consisting of three Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles, one Artillery Arms Repair Vehicle, and a Technical Support Vehicle.
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) is one ofthe largest defence corporations in Europe. It brings together more than 50 companies of key importance to the Polish defence industry: factories, maintenance facilities, and research centres. It employs more than 18 000 people and generates more than 5.5 billion PLN of annual revenue. PGZ manufactures innovative systems and solutions used by the Polish Armed Forces and allied formations.
Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. manufactures military products in the following segments: artillery hardware (including autonomous, self-propelled, and towed hardware), lightly armoured wheeled and caterpillar transporters as well as engineering equipment. HSW S.A. has developed its own unique strategy consisting in offering and delivering products incorporated in complete firing modules. HSW S.A. also co-operates with other companies by manufacturing products and providing technical services on the basis of entrusted or created technical documentation.
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