15th "Giżycka" Mechanized Brigade, Orzysz, Poland, November 2020

According to unofficial information, on November 19 and 20, shots from guided anti-tank missiles were fired at the ZSSW-30 turret.

At the Dęba training ground with the Rosomak IFV, with which one of the three prototypes of the ZSSW-30 system undergoing qualification tests is integrated, a series of shootings dedicated to this Spike-LR2 ATGM system was carried out. During the tests, six missiles were launched in the combat variant. The results of these tests were assessed as "very satisfactory".


The first firing of the ZSSW-30 turret with standard Spike missiles (as they were then available) was in July 2016, i.e. a year from the start of preliminary tests of the first prototype of the turret. They ended with very good results.
On Thursday's tests at the training ground in Nowa Dęba, the next, after traction tests, phase of turret tests related to testing all three types of turret armament, i.e. ATK 44 Bushmaster II S, UKM 2000 7.62 mm gun and Spike ATK gun, was closed. In this situation, it is quite realistic that the protocols concluding the qualification tests will be prepared before the end of 2020, and that before the beginning of 2021, HSW SA and the Ministry of National Defense will start the phase of trade negotiations, allowing to start final preparations for the commencement of serial production of the turret system.
According to the official information resulting from the concluded contracts, the completion of the qualification tests, which lasted from the end of January, is scheduled for December 2020, the completion of the ZSSW-30 development work should take place in the second quarter of 2021, and the date of commencement of serial deliveries of the towers is 2022. about the first batch of 208 towers, unofficially - by approx. 300. HSW has repeatedly suggested that it is able to significantly accelerate the work schedule.

Secondly - the experience gathered during the work on the ZSSW-30, including the work on the integration of the turret with the ATGM, which is very important for the effectiveness of the entire system, is invaluable in the context of the work that HSW has been carrying out for several months on another, light, open-type turret system, structurally and functionally related to the ZSSW-30. As HSW representatives recently assured us, intensive work on the documentation of this tower is underway, which seems to confirm the assumptions made a few months ago that its prototype may already exist around mid-2021.

On November 25, Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów (ZMT) announced the delivery to the Polish Armed Forces of the last batch of 60-mm light infantry mortars LMP-2017 planned for this year.

As scheduled, 204 mortars were delivered by October 30, but information on this has only now been released. As of today, the number of LMP-2017 mortars has already exceeded the number of vz.99 ANTOS mortars in the Polish Armed Forces.
On November 30, 2020, Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) announced that four days earlier, the PIT-Radwar company from Warsaw, which was part of it, completed this year's deliveries of 24 Poprad Self-propelled Anti-Aircraft Missile Kits (SPZR) for units of the Polish Army and the Air Force Training Center (CSSP) in Koszalin.
The deliveries were finalized with the handover of the last one this year. Thus, a total of 60 out of 79 contracted sets were delivered, mounted on the AMZ-Kutno Żubr-P chassis, developed and produced in Poland. The remaining 19 will be delivered next year.


The SPZR Poprad is a very short range air defense system (VSHORAD). Like the Soła short-range radar station, it is mounted on the Żubr-P chassis. Together, they are intended to cover important objects, equipment groups and soldiers in the lowest layer of the air and missile defense system. It is used to detect, recognize and destroy air targets at short distances (up to 5500 m) and low altitudes (up to 3500 m).


The armament consists of 4 Grom very short-range anti-aircraft missiles (Piorun in the longer term). The sets are equipped with into a tracking and targeting head, an automatic target tracking system based on a video camera (working in visible and infrared light) and a friend-foe identification system. The set can operate autonomously or as part of an integrated air defense system.
On December 2, the 11th "Lubuska" Armored Cavalry Division announced that the 23rd "Śląski" Artillery Regiment had received further elements of the "Regina" fire module (DMO) along with 155-mm Self-Propelled Howitzers Krab and technical support vehicles. The rearming of the unit began on October 28 this year.
The first batch included eight SPH Krab, two Ammunition Vehicles (WA), three Command Vehicles (WD), Command and Staff Vehicle and Armament and Electronics Repair Vehicle (WRUiE). It is a regular equipment of one squadron. Now, similar equipment has been provided for the second squadron, and at the beginning of next year, the third squadron will receive its SPH Krab - thanks to which the regiment will be armed with 24 Self-Propelled Howitzers Krab and 18 command and logistics vehicles.

Earlier, on November 26 this year. the delivery of 6,000 was announced pieces of ammunition with an OFd MKM high-explosive shell with a range of over 30,000 m for SPH Krab, and there are plans to deliver 12 thousand. ammunition of the same type and 6 thousand. specialist ammunition with the OFd MKM high-explosive shell with a gas generator with a range of 40 300 m.


The deliveries of DMO "Regina" take place on the basis of the contract of December 14, 2016 for the supply of 96 SPH Krab with 72 technical support vehicles. By the end of 2024, the contract is to be completed, and the Polish Army is to have 120 new SPH.
The purchase of further Krab howitzers was included in the Plan for Technical Modernization of the Armed Forces for 2021-2035 signed by the Minister of National Defense on 10 October 2019.

122 mm 2S1 SPH, Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, 15th "Giżycka" Mechanized Brigade

December 2020 - the patrol ship ORP Ślązak has returned to its home Naval Port in Gdynia. The ship was in the North Sea.

On December 4, at the shooting range, the Military Institute of Armament Technology in Zielonka, Fabryka Broni "Łucznik" Radom
presented to representatives of the Territorial Defense Forces responsible for the training of sniper shooters, technical and shooting capabilities of 7.62 mm x 51 NATO semi-automatic sharpshooter rifles.


The GROT 762N semi-automatic sharpshooter rifle is being created as a successor to the SWD sniper rifle introduced to the army in the 1960s.
- The weapon is developed in response to the needs of the Polish Armed Forces.
GROT 762N is developed on the basis of MSBS rifles - the Modular System of Small Arms, caliber 5.56 mm and about 80% of the weapon's components are interchangeable. First of all, a variant for 7.62 mm x 51 ammunition and identically arranged manipulators, thanks to which all maintenance activities are the same, which eliminates the need for users to acquire habits each time.

Work on the MSBS-7.62N semi-automatic sharpshooter rifle (later called Grot 7.62N) began in 2015. In April of the same year, a technical dialogue began regarding the potential deliveries of 250 Semi-automatic Sharpshooter Rifles ( SamoPowtarzalny Karabin Wyborowy -SPKW) to the Polish Army. The main competitor of the Grot was the Modular Weapon System MWS-25 (Modular Weapon System) in the SKW 308 version from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów (Poland).


Photo above: MWS-25
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The Polish Armed Forces have already been equipped with 8,000 HP-05 helmets. They are produced by MASKPOL S.A., a company belonging to the Polish Armaments Group
Agreement for the purchase of 50 thousand of the HP-05 helmets was concluded on June 5, 2020 with the company MASKPOL S.A. The delivery schedule has been spread over the years 2020 - 2023.


The HP-05 helmet was introduced to the equipment of the Polish Armed Forces by the Territorial Defense Forces Command, which became the operator of new models of composite helmets in the Armed Forces. It happened pursuant to Decision No. 76 / MON of April 4, 2017, amending the decision on the determination of the functions of administrators and central logistic authorities of military equipment in the Ministry of National Defense.

According to the TDF statement, the choice of this type of helmet was preceded by analyzes based on the experience of other types of armed forces, including abroad, also in areas of armed conflicts. As Marek Pietrzak emphasizes, these experiences have shown that there is a need to acquire - also for light infantry and other military specialties - a helmet that meets the requirements of the modern battlefield. The HP-05 helmet meets not only the requirements of light infantry subunits, but also selected service stations for infantry fighting vehicles, artillery and other specialized services in all types of armed forces.


The Command of the Territorial Defense Forces also emphasizes the need to maintain at least two types of helmets on the equipment of the Polish Armed Forces. The first, high-cut type, should be supplemented with a new type of full helmet, which is to replace the previously used head covers, derived from the model wz. 2005.

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On December 15, 2020, the Armament Inspectorate of the Ministry of National Defense (IU MON) published information about the order for the delivery of sets of unmanned aerial vehicles of the tactical vertical take-off and short-range class, codenamed Albatros for the Navy.
One of the potential proposals for the Albatros may be the Camcopter S-100 unmanned helicopter, produced by the Austrian Schiebel Group. Aircraft of this type are used by the land forces of the United Arab Emirates, the navies of Germany, China and Malaysia, the Border Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia, as well as the armed forces of Australia, Belgium, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Myanmar, Tunisia and the USA, the border services of Malta and Great Britain and the Ministry of the Interior of Croatia.


Photo: Schiebel Group
The unmanned aerial vehicles will be intended for day and night observation in a variety of environments, ie the reconnaissance of enemy forces at the sea and the shoreline, over land and in search of survivors at the seaside using electro-optical sensors, but also using SAR synthetic aperture radar.
Polish Navy ORP "gen.K.Pułaski" (272) and ORP "Ślązak" (241), Baltic Sea, December 14-16, 2020


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