Monday 15 July, 2024

Poland to procure additional Rosomak armoured fighting vehicles

The Polish Armament Agency has signed a contract with a consortium led by Huta Stalowa Wola S.A., along with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A., WB Electronics S.A., and Rosomak S.A for the delivery of 58 additional Rosomak 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) integrated with ZSSW-30 Remotely Controlled Turret Systems.

The contract’s value is nearly PLN 2.6 billion (USD 661 million) and includes spare parts delivery with deliveries of the platforms scheduled for 2026-2027.

This is the second contract finalized by the AU under the framework agreement for the delivery of 341 turret systems. The first contract was concluded on 5 July 2022. It covered the production and delivery of 70 turrets to equip the Rosomak 8×8 APC. Deliveries of ZSSW-30 to the Polish Armed Forces are currently underway and will continue according to schedule until 2027.

Remotely Controlled Turret System 30mm is the first unmanned system developed and manufactured in Poland. The basic armament of the turret is a 30 mm cannon and the SPIKE-LR anti-tank guided missile system. ZSSW-30 includes innovative domestic solutions in the field of fire control systems, gun stabilization and sighting devices.

HSW SA began work on the ZSSW-30 in 2013. The WB Group became a partner in the consortium with HSW SA. In 2015, HSW presented a prototype of the turret. The system was enriched with a number of Polish solutions and technologies, and in 2022, state qualification tests were completed with a positive result.

The turret of the ZSSW-30 is armed with a 30mm Bushmaster cannon with a two-way ammunition feed in the Mk44S variant. In the future, it will be possible to change the caliber from 30mm to 40mm for IFVs. The cannon has the ability to quickly select between different types of ammunition, including programmable ammunition.

The ZSSW-30 is equipped with a modern fire control system, including the “hunter-killer” function, that improves the situational awareness of the turret system operators. It features fast and precise tracking systems, guidance mechanisms, sensors, and stabilization.

Additionally, the system allows switching to emergency fire in the event of an automatic system failure. The turret houses the ammunition magazine for the cannon and UKM. It is a closed turret system, with all components and parts hidden under armour, providing ballistic protection against threats, contamination, and weather conditions.

The turret system is completely autonomous and the design is flexible and can be customized to meet the customer’s needs. This enables the ZSSW-30 to be mounted on a variety of carriers, such as the Rosomak Wheeled Armoured Transporter, tracked vehicles, and the New Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicle BORSUK. It is suitable for use by Airmobile Troops and Motorised Land Forces, as well as in any situation where an unmanned and effective system is required to neutralize the enemy.

Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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