The Armament Inspectorate has signed a contract with Huta Stalowa Wola SA (HSW) belonging to the Polish Armaments Group for the supply of mortars, as well as command-post vehicles for 120 mm RAK self-propelled mortar Company Fire Modules between 2020-2021. This is another order this year from the Ministry of National Defence to the Polish defence industry.
– RAK is a Polish design, designed by Polish engineers, praised by commanders and users. Not only our soldiers, but also representatives of allied formations speak about it with admiration. This is not our last order in the Polish defence industry. Prospects for HSW as well as for the entire Polish Armaments Group are very good – congratulations on a job well done – said Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of National Defence.
One Company Fire Module (KMO) RAK includes: Eight M120K self-propelled mortars, four Artillery Command-Post Vehicles (ACPV), one Artillery Armament Repair Vehicle (AARV), three Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicles (AASV) and two Artillery Reconnaissance Vehicles (ARV). The new contract provides for the supply of components for two Company Fire Modules consisting of self-propelled mortars on wheeled chassis and artillery command-post vehicles. It should be remembered that HSW carries out serial deliveries of ammunition supply vehicles and armament repair vehicles, as well as development work in the field of acquiring artillery reconnaissance vehicles.
– We are completing the delivery of the eighth fire module as part of the implementation of the first contract for KMO RAK. Today we are signing another order for this product. We negotiated the contract within two months but we had been preparing to submit an offer for some time. Thank you to everyone involved – the Minister of National Defense, the Polish Armaments Group, the employees of Huta Stalowa Wola and representatives of the army – summed up Bartłomiej Zając, President and CEO of HSW SA.
Huta Stalowa Wola SA is the leader of the consortium which, under the 2016 agreement, has already delivered seven KMO Raks to the Polish Armed Forces. Artillery units were equipped with 56 copies of M120K, 28 command vehicles and 7 artillery armament repair vehicles. By October 30th, HSW SA will hand over the last eighth KMO RAK together with the AARV. Specialists from HSW SA have trained dozens of users of the new equipment in the Polish Armed Forces.
- Autonomy, firepower and range, mobility, rate of fire, full automation and increased crew safety are the characteristics of this equipment. We perceive today’s agreement as an expression of trust placed in us by the Armed Forces and the Ministry of National Defence in the supply of modern equipment that meets the needs of modern battlefield equipment. We believe that this cooperation will result in further orders placed to the Polish defence industry in the coming years – said Sebastian Chwałek, Vice President of the Board of PGZ SA.
The technologies and solutions used in RAK have revolutionised artillery forces. The self-propelled mortar Rak has shifted the range of fire, while electronic recognition and communication, automation, navigation and process control systems have given new potential not only for effectiveness on the battlefield, but also in increasing the safety of soldiers.
The Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) is one of the largest defence groups in Europe. It brings together over 50 companies most important for the Polish defence industry: production and service facilities as well as research centres. It employs over 18 thousand employees and generates annual revenue of over PLN 5.5 billion. PGZ is a producer of innovative systems and solutions used by the Polish Armed Forces and allied formations.
Huta Stalowa Wola SA is a producer of military products in the following segments: artillery equipment (including autonomous, self-propelled and towed equipment), light wheeled and tracked armoured personnel carriers, and engineering equipment. HSW SA has developed its own unique strategy consisting in offering and delivering products incorporated into complete fire modules. HSW SA also carries out cooperative activities, i.e. production of products and performance of technical services on the basis of technical documentation created or entrusted.
back to articles