On 17 June, the new military vehicle named “Scipio” was presented for the first time on the firing ground in Zahorie, Slovakia. The underlying platform is the Wheeled Armoured Vehicle manufactured by Rosomak S.A, a company owned by the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ).
“Scipio” constitutes a combination of two designs – the Polish Wheeled Armoured Vehicle “Rosomak” 8x8 in the basic version and the Slovakian turret “Turra 30” manufactured by EVPU. The turret with a 30 mm cannon was integrated there with armour-piercing guided missiles.
The first performance of the capabilities of the new vehicle intended for Slovakian Armed Forces took place in Slovakia. The demonstration embracing the traction and combat capabilities of “Scipio” was attended by such Slovakian officials as: Secretary of State of the Ministry of National Defence Miloš Koterec, Managing Director and Country Director for Armaments Brig. Gen. Milan Celko, Head of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Milan Maxim and representatives of the Slovakian armaments industry. The Polish side was represented by the Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence (MON) Czesław Mroczek, President of the Polish Armaments Group Wojciech Dąbrowski and President of Rosomak S.A. Adam Janik. In addition, shots were fired from the 30 mm cannon and the 7.62 mm gun on the firing ground from the distance of 2 kilometres when the vehicle was stationary and in motion, and they hit the target. The presentation of “Scipio” was concluded by the drive of Slovakian Armed Forces representatives and discussions about the project continuation.
“Scipio” project is one of the initiatives of MON aiming at increasing the security and expanding the military and industrial cooperation in the region. As part of the programme covering the Visegrad Group countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary), Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia), as well as Romania and Bulgaria, MON would like to facilitate Polish armaments companies, especially PGZ, winning export contracts. So far, deliveries of “Grom” sets to Lithuania were completed. Moreover, “Scipio” project provides an opportunity to export the new design to third parties.
PGZ is a Group composed of more than 60 companies of the manufacturing and services sector, employing circa 17,500 people. As a result of the consolidation, one of the largest defence groups in this part of the world was formed.
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