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MessageSujet: MPSO 2016   Dim 4 Sep 2016 - 22:30

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Un pays du Moyen-Orient est intéressé par l’achat de nouveaux chars polonais PT-16


4 septembre 2016


Char polonais PT-16 | image : Agencja Gazeta par Paweł Małecki



L’industrie militaire polonaise dévoilera le nouveau char de combat principal PT-16 au cours de l’Exposition internationale de l’industrie militaire (MSPO) qui aura lieu du 6 au 9 septembre à Kielce en Pologne.

D’après les sources au sein du comité d’organisation de l’exposition, un pays du Moyen-Orient est intéressé par l’achat de nouveaux chars de combat principaux polonais PT-16. Au cours de cette exposition, les négociations se dérouleront autour d’une éventuelle participation des ces chars aux exercices militaires en 2017.

Le char PT-16 est la dernière version du char de combat polonais PT-91 et est basé sur le châssis du char T-72. Le nouveau PT-16 est doté d’un canon de 120 mm qui peut tirer avec les munitions standards de l’OTAN ainsi que les derniers obus fortement explosifs DM11 avec le détonateur programmable et les munitions anti-blindées DM63 APFSDS.

La nouvelle tourelle aura un nouveau chargeur automatique qui chargera les cartouches unitaires de 120 x 570 mm compatibles avec un canon lisse conçu par Rheinmetall. Pour le moment, les modalités de mise en œuvre de cette solution technique par les ingénieurs polonais n’est pas connue.

Le nouveau char est doté d’un moteur polonais de 1100 chevaux-vapeurs (cv) qui l’autorise à atteindre la vitesse maximale de 65 km/h sur la route.

http://defense-blog.fr/un-pays-du-moyen-orient-est-interesse-par-lachat-de-nouveaux-chars-polonais-pt-16/
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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Dim 4 Sep 2016 - 23:01

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WB Group to display new MAREK unmanned multifunctional vehicle at MSPO


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MAREK Unmanned Rescue Vehicle (URV). Photo by PAWEŁ MAŁECKI Agencia Gazeta



The new MAREK 6×6 wheel unmanned multifunctional vehicle is to be displayed at the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition in Poland.

The MAREK project is developed jointly by WB Electronics, Hydromega (Gdynia) and Military University of Technology (Warsaw) and subsidized by NCBiR.

The purpose of the project is to design and implement a complete unmanned system designated for participation in firefighting and rescue mission. The system can be used in explosive environment, in contaminated areas or inside buildings with a damaged structure at risk of collapse. The solution is complex and consists of the Unmanned Rescue Vehicle, transportation trailer and towing vehicle equipped with control and data analysis post.

The project team will employ all the experience gained during earlier project realized by the consortium or each member individually.

The MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, which takes place in Kielce, Poland from 6-9 September 2016.

http://defence-blog.com/army/wb-group-to-display-new-marek-unmanned-multifunctional-vehicle.html
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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Lun 5 Sep 2016 - 7:59

Je vois bien l'Irak mixer M1/ PT16. Bon compromis ce char, avec son châssis eeprouvé et 120mm reinmetall standard NATO. Reste à voir ce que vaut le groupe moto-propulseur polonais.

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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Mar 6 Sep 2016 - 23:07

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PCO S.A Presents the Successor of the SCT Rubin Thermal Vision Firearm Optic During the MSPO 2016 Defence Salon


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PCO S.A, during the MSPO 2016 defence expo, presents the SCT-2 thermal vision sight, which is a successor for the SCT Rubin scope, currently being used by the front-line units of the Polish Army.


SCT-2 thermal vision firearm optic is a successor of the SCT Rubin scope, manufactured by the PCO S.A company and used by the Polish Armed Forces. However, the SCT-2 sight is a brand-new design. During the development works, experiences gathered by the PCO company when designing the thermal vision sights for the Polish Army were used and put into practice. The new scope, as compared to its predecessor, is lighter, has better functionality and ergonomics.

SCT-2 is based on a modern, non-cooled microbolometric detector, offering a resolution of 640×480 pixels, operating within the spectrum scope between 8 and 14 μm. A wider field of view – 12×9 degrees for SCT-2, and two and four times electronic zoom, make observation and aiming easier.

SCT-2 firearm optic may be used within a temperature range from -30 to 60 degrees Celsius. SCT-2 scope’s weight is more than 30% lower than in case of the SCT Rubin sight – it is as little as 900 grams.

The scope is being controlled with a keyboard placed on its housing and a graphic user interface projected onto the thermal vision imagery presented by the sight. There is an option of controlling the sight with the use of an external interface. Moreover, the user may capture up to 30 images which may then be quickly transferred onto a computer through a USB connector. Video imagery is transferred to an external helmet-mounted screen with the use of a modern FPD Link III digital interface.

SCT-2 scope is to be primarily used for observation, aiming and firing purposes, once it is mounted onto a firearm, at night and during the day, in any weather and climatic conditions. The mount makes it possible to install the optic on any weapon fitted with a rail compliant with the STANAG 4694 or MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny standards. SCT-2 may be used with the standard weaponry operated by the Polish Army, including Beryl, Mini-Beryl and MSBS firearms.

The external helmet mounted display makes it possible to carry out observation and fire a weapon when hidden, e.g. behind a corner.

Once it is removed from the weapon, the sight may be used for observation as a hand-held thermal vision device for the element commanders, members of the recon teams or observers. In such application the SCT-2 sight may be coupled with a laser rangefinder or a GPS module.

SCT-2 makes it possible to detect a standard NATO target (2.3x2.3 meters) at distances of 3.2 kilometres. The sight has been additionally fitted with a distance ballistic compensation system which automatically moves the cross-hair, once the desired distance to the target is entered by the shooter. The ballistic adjustments are user-configurable, while the cross-hair’s position may be adjusted when aiming.

SCT-2 is powered by four batteries or AA/CR123 rechargeable cells. When compared to the SCT RUBIN sight, we may note that less batteries are required to power the newly designed instrument, with time of operation being maintained.

The SCT-2 sight has been created with the use of experience gathered by the PCO S.A company in the process of designing, developing and manufacturing thermal vision sights and with the use of experience acquired when the said devices were being introduced into use and operated by the front-line units of the Polish Army. The changes applied, constituting a response to the technological advancement concerning the components of the thermal vision observation systems, and to the needs reported by the Polish Army, made it possible to enhance the quality of observation and ergonomics of the said thermal-vision device.

SCT-2 sight is offered to the Armed Forces, with both the operational units, as well as the territorial defence component in mind.

http://www.defence24.com/442926,pco-sa-presents-the-successor-of-the-sct-rubin-thermal-vision-firearm-optic-during-the-mspo-2016-defence-salon
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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Mar 6 Sep 2016 - 23:18

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From Loara To A 35 mm AAA System. PIT-RADWAR’s Contribution to the “Noteć” Programme


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The anti-aircraft artillery system using the 35 mm cannons, presented by the PIT-RADWAR company during the 2016 MSPO Defence Salon, is a successor of the Loara AAA system which, despite the fact that only a single example of it has been adopted by the Polish Army, opened the way for the Polish industry towards obtaining and acquiring relevant, modern technologies existing in the field. PIT-RADWAR offers the 35 mm autonomous anti-aircraft battery primarily for the navy units, however, the system may also be successfully applied by the land or air components of the Polish Armed Forces.


The anti-aircraft system offered by the PIT-RADWAR company is based on a flexible battery structure, including single 35 mm cannons and command and guidance systems. The 35 mm cannons are offered in two variants, one of which, featuring an optoelectronic sensor, has a capacity of destroying targets independently, with the use of the autonomous mode.

The system constitutes a result of the development works undertaken within the framework of the former Loara programme which was finalized back in 2009. It is, above all, offered for the Polish Navy, as a successor for the domestically developed “Blenda” system, which was designed and created back in the 1990s. The new system may also be used by other armed services, for the purpose of point-defending the important infrastructure from air-strikes, helicopter attacks, cruise missiles or UAV systems.

Let us recall the fact that “Blenda” came in a form of a battery of 4 S-60 57 mm cannons, fitted with an automated control system and coupled with the Polish WD-95 command vehicles with electro-optical seekers. The system was designed to be operated together with the Rega-3/4 command vehicles and PIT-RADWAR N-22(3D) radars. Eight batteries of this type are being used by the Polish Navy now. Both the observation/targeting, as well as the tracking systems, along with most of electronics and the fire control system, came straight from the “Loara” programme.

“Loara”: Descendants – Modern Anti-Aircraft Solutions

Emergence of the “Blenda” system, the prototype of which has been introduced into the inventory of the Polish Army back in 1999, and the delivery process of which has been finalized in 2008, would not have been possible, had the PZA “Loara” AAA system not been developed. PIT-RADWAR had been working on the aforesaid air defence weaponry, as ordered by the Polish Ministry of Defence, since the beginning of the 1990s. The system was to come in a form of a self-propelled platform fitted with modern cannons coupled with optoelectronic and radar-based guidance and tracking systems. The prototype has been introduced into service in the Polish Army back in 2003. At the time, Loara was considered to be one of the most modern systems of its class in the world. The design, despite the fact that a sum of PLN 300 million has been spent on its development, has been cancelled in 2009.

Nonetheless, the Loara programme created tangible capabilities for the industry, which, throughout the subsequent years, have been implemented in production and introduced into service, in Poland and as export products. The aforementioned products include the “Blenda” system, along with target detection N-22N(3D) and MMSR radars, or deployable Soła 3D radar system. The product family above also includes a mobile combined missile-artillery SHORAD Kobra/Aster system, along with its elements which were also adopted for operational use by the Polish Armed Forces, namely the Poprad SAM systems. Last year, the Polish Ministry of Defence signed a procurement contract, assuming that 77 Poprad launchers would be acquired, for a sum of more than a billion zlotys.



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35 mm Cannon – The Tool

The 35 mm AAA system proposed by PIT-Radwar as an offer within the “Noteć” programme is connected to the effort, the aim of which is to make use of the works derived from the PZA Loara system, and the related competences. When the project was being developed, a relevant license has been acquired, allowing the Polish industry to develop and manufacture the 35 mm Oerlikon KDA cannon, constituting the core armament of the battery.

It is an automatic, gas-operated cannon, with a theoretical rate of fire of 550 rounds per minute, with a two-sided belt feed with an option of quick switch of the applied ammunition type. The barrel, air-cooled, has a length of 3150 mm, and it has been fitted with a muzzle system used for measurement and programming required in case of the ABM rounds. The cannon is capable of neutralizing targets, effectively, at range of up to 5 kilometres, flying at altitudes of 3.5 kilometres.

PIT-RADWAR (at the time known as CNPEP RADWAR) acquired the KDA cannon license within the framework of the PZA Loara programme back in 1995, for an amount of more than CHF 6 million. In the light of the fact that no justification existed to initiate the manufacturing process locally, PIT-RADWAR transferred the documentation, production equipment and other materials required to initiate the manufacturing process to the Huta Stalowa Wola facility, as a result of a free-of-charge implementation agreement. This made it possible for HSW to acquire an ability to manufacture very good anti aircraft cannons.

One of the most important features of the KDA cannon, besides its being very accurate, is the ability to feed ammunition at both sides, which makes it possible to quickly alternate between sabot and programmable rounds. Throughout the research it was proven that, contrary to the theoretical assumptions, the “airburst” type ammunition, detonated at a programmed distance, is not a solution which is universal and which could be used against any target.

It is well suited to act against soft and light-armoured targets, including infantry or UAV systems, especially at short and medium distances. However, for obvious reasons, this type of ammunition is less effective against armoured threats, including armoured vehicles or heavy attack helicopters.

The kinetic armour piercing ammunition is also more effective at longer distances, thanks to the better ballistic properties of the rounds, including parameters such as higher velocity and lower weight of the projectiles. For the KDA 35 mm cannon, a programmable 750 grams round achieves a muzzle speed of 1050 meters per second, while a sabot 550 grams round reaches the velocity of 1440 meters per seconds. This difference is very significant, and it has a major impact on combat capabilities of the projectile. Thanks to double-feed and ammunition storages housing up to 80 rounds, it is possible to make optimal use of the features of both types of ammunition mentioned above.

After the LOARA programme came to an end, PIT-RADWAR decided to continue its works on utilization of the KDA cannon. The first project came in a form of the SAN-35 research prototype, fusing the base, chassis and many elements of the S-60 57 mm cannon and of the KDA cannon, and mechanical and electronic components derived from the Loara programme, used for the purpose of controlling the cannon in vertical and horizontal planes. Twin-engined rotation system using brush-less PIT-RADWAR-designed electric motors was used, making it possible to control the movement of the cannon precisely, with minimized free-play.

Within the period between 2009 and 2011, with funding provided by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education “Remotely Controlled Anti-Aircraft System based on a 35 mm Cannon” project has been implemented, and created by the consortium formed by the Military University of Technology, PIT-RADWAR and Research and Development Centre for Mechanical Devices from Tarnów. “Zdalnie Sterowany System Przeciwlotniczy Kalibru 35 mm”, also known as ZSSP-35 “Hydra” was the result of the aforementioned initiative. The weapons system mentioned above has been presented several times during the Kielce MSPO Salon. Not only was the effector of the anti-aircraft system created and tested within the scope of the works, as numerous tests were carried out with a reference to the development of the fire control system. Targeting and tracking algorithms, as well as computerized battery and division models based on scattered structure were also a subject of the research.

As a result of those works, a design request “35 mm Anti-Aircraft Battery” was submitted back in 2011, receiving a positive opinion of the leadership of the air-defence component at the Polish Ministry of Defence, as well as of the Command of the Armed Forces. The financial support provided for the PIT-RADWAR company came in an amount of PLN 30 million, and 15 million zlotys were provided by the company itself, with the use of its own assets. In 2014, the battery structure concept was redefined, and the request was updated, with the components of the battery described below being introduced.

35 mm anti-aircraft battery – Loara light?

The 35 mm anti aircraft battery is a scattered form of the PZA Loara system, arranged into a number of separate components. The same KDA 35 mm cannon acts as the effector, however it comes on a towed chassis in the A-35 variant, with programmable sight, or in the AG-35 variant, fitted with an optronic sensor. The detection and guidance and fire control systems, along with the observation system, have been fitted onto the Żubr-P chassis, and are designated altogether as the WG-35 Fire Control Vehicle.



Image Credit: PIT-RADWAR.


The system also features newly developed 35 mm programmable ammunition. During the development works, indispensable elements of the software suite and infrastructure for the WD-35 command vehicle were created, whereas integration with the platform itself did not take place, also for financial reasons. Currently, all that is left to be done is to select the vehicle and plan the arrangement of the infrastructural elements.

WG-35 may act as the command vehicle to some extent, since it has an ability of acquiring the information pertaining to the airspace situation from an external source. This is possible especially in cases when the battery is formed by the AG-35 autonomous systems (effectors) or Poprad systems. Controlling the A-35 cannons and commanding the system simultaneously may lead to work overload for the operator.

Two Variants of the 35 mm Cannon – The Effector

The described 35 mm anti aircraft battery uses two variants of a towed cannon based on the same chassis. Nonetheless, the weapons mentioned here are significantly different, when it comes to their capabilities. Here we mean the A-35 cannon with a programmable Prexer CP-1-35 sight, and AG-35 cannon which has been fitted with its own optronic tracking-targeting device. When it comes to the price, there is a difference of around 10%, however the final decisions shall be made at the manufacturing stage. Due to the reasons related to the technical differences, transforming the A-35 cannon into AG-35 is far from being cost-effective, while differences when it comes to capabilities have a significant degree of relevance.

The A-35 is the basic variant which, in order to be operated effectively in the automatic mode, should be connected to the WG-35 fire control vehicle, similarly as it was done in case of the S-60BM “Blenda” cannon. The A-35 cannon requires an external tracking-targeting device to be applied for the purpose of guidance.

On the other hand, the AG-35 cannon has been fitted with its own optronic sensor, the capabilities of which are quite close to those of the sensor applied in the WG-35 vehicle. It features visible-spectrum and infra-red cameras and two high frequency laser rangefinders integrated together by the PIT-RADWAR company and by the Military University of Technology. Thanks to the above, the AG-35 cannon forms an independent targeting channel which, via the command/fire control vehicle, may be used to control the A-35 systems.

In both versions, the cannon is highly mobile and may be rapidly prepared to open fire. Transition from transport to combat arrangement, with stabilization and levelling, is carried out automatically, in less than 120 seconds. The systems that need to be initiated before that, including the cooling system for the thermal vision camera or INS system may be initiated on the move.

This is possible due to the fact that the cannon has been fitted with a generator of its own, coupled with a battery pack, providing the relevant energy when on the move and during the operation. Once the A-35/AG-35 system assumes its firing position, its coordinates, in relation to the other elements of the system are defined. Then, the system may be connected to those elements via a radio connection or other means of connectivity – e.g. via fibre optics or a conventional cable. The INS/GPS system defines the system’s position in relation to the environment, while the onboard system defines the cannon’s azimuth, tilt and inclination, making continuous data adjustment possible.

The 35 mm cannon has been fitted with a precise electronic control system which controls the movement in horizontal and elevation planes with 1 mrad of accuracy which, at the distance of 1000 meters, provides the operator with 96% of probability of hitting a target, the dimensions of which are defined as 50×20 cm, with a 9 rounds burst.

WG-35 Fire Control Vehicle – The System’s Brain

The WG-35 fire control vehicle is the central element of the architecture of the 35 mm anti aircraft artillery battery. It is a significant upgrade of the solutions that had been previously applied within the “Blenda” or “Aster”/”Kobra” systems. The WG-35 platform is based on the Żubr-P all-terrain vehicle chassis, which has also been applied as a carrier for the Poprad launcher or Soła and Bystra radars.



Image Credit: PIT-RADWAR.


The system’s crew consists of two people, one of whom is the driver, with the second soldier working as an operator, with two screens remaining at his disposal, one of which presents the data coming from the external sources, while the second one visualizes the information transferred from the optronic sensor of the vehicle. The bottom screen, with a control panel, may be used remotely, thanks to a connection based on fibre optics. In such setting this screen acts as a portable control module.

The WG-35 vehicle has been fitted with a hydraulically lifted optronic sensor being a derivative of the ZGS-158 sensor utilized, inter alia, within the naval variant of the 35 mm AAA system. The optronic sensor is fitted with a third generation TV camera, a laser rangefinder with a high frequency of measurement, along with an IFF interrogator. The system has also been tailored for installation of a tracking radar.

The lifting system makes it possible to install a tracking radar on the vehicle, with the antenna the dimension of which cannot exceed 0.8×1 meter, surrounded with a U-layout of optronic sensors. Due to limited funds, this solution, within the framework of the National Centre for Research and Development programme, was not pursued outside the stage related to a low-level technology demonstrator. Nonetheless, the opinion issued by the ordering party, pertaining to the aforesaid option, has been very positive.

Using the radar would provide the operator with an ability to track targets in any conditions, also in cases when visibility could be limited. This could also contribute to a higher hit-rate and general capabilities offered by the WG-35 vehicle within the battery structure. In such configuration, the WG-35 platform could successfully replace the additional radars embedded within the IADS.

The vehicle also features a portable WPO observation point, consisting of a tripod, night-vision binoculars, voice communication system and a data transmission system, with the position and elevation data being transferred to the optronic system, directing the sensors towards the target detected with the use of the portable system.

What is more, the fire control vehicle has been fitted with INS/GPS suite, electricity generator, ballistic computations system and an expansive communications suite, providing the user with encrypted data transmission compliant with all the wired and wireless communication standards applied within the Polish Army, including radio communications, fibre-optics, as well as the old-fashioned PKL cables. Should communications be lost, e.g. as a result of damage of the wire, the system automatically looks for alternative transmission methods, preventing the potential data loss.

Flexible Structure Composition of the 35 mm AAA Battery

The WG-35 fire control vehicle may be used to control up to 8 effectors connected to the command platform via wired- or wireless connections, including A-35 and AG-35 cannons or Poprad SAM systems. The 35 mm AAA system may be configured in several ways, with the WG-35 fire control vehicle acting as the central element of the arrangement.

In the cheapest variant which is, at the same time, the least universal one, the “Blenda” system structure is replicated, with the WG-35 fire control vehicle acting as a commanding platform for 8 A-35 cannons sharing a single, joint targeting channel, operated in the automatic mode, providing the data for the whole battery.

The AG-35-based system is more expensive, however, at the same time, it offers greater flexibility and capability of destroying numerous targets, since every cannon is fitted with its own optronic sensor which may act as a separate targeting channel, meaning that each of the effectors may be used independently and individually, as they may track and destroy airborne targets autonomously. One of the configurations considered for the battery is a mixed one, featuring a WG-35 vehicle, with two AG-35 cannons with optronic systems, and six A-35 cannons. In this arrangement, three targeting channels are available. This potentially allows the system to destroy three separate targets at once. 2-4 A-35 cannons are being guided from the WG-35 vehicle, while each of the AG-35 cannons provides tracking and guidance data to at least one A-35 system. The system may also incorporate additional Poprad SAMs, via two radio connections, or instead of any number of A-35/AG-35 cannons.

The WG-35-controlled battery shall be a part of a wider commanding structure, with the exchange of the information and connectivity with the Soła or Bystra radars provided.

Mature Anti-Aircraft System: Polish Navy and Beyond

The 35 mm anti aircraft battery has reached a proper level of design maturity. The programmable rounds, since two years, have been undergoing the qualification tests which are to be finalized next year. All three components of the system, including the WG-35 fire control vehicles, A-35 and AG-35 cannons and the programmable ammunition, have already been integrated. PIT-RADWAR planned the first test firing of the integrated system including all of the aforesaid elements in November 2016, within the Wicko-Morskie firing range. The test firing is a part of the factory-test programme.

The Polish Navy became a pioneer, when it comes to using the 35 mm cannon which, in its AM-35 ship-borne variant, is being tested onboard the ORP “Kaszub” corvette now. The initial test results show that the project may be successful. The development of the ship-borne 35 mm artillery solution has been carried out by a consortium composed out of the following entities: Warsaw Military University of Technology (Leader), Polish Naval Academy of Gdynia, PIT-RADWAR S.A. company based in Warsaw and ZM Tarnów S.A. company from Tarnów. The initiative has been implemented within the framework of a project co-financed by the National Centre for Research and Development.

If the 35 mm automated air defence system replaces the “Blenda” anti-aircraft artillery system, using the 57 mm cannons, then this could be seen as another step taken towards introduction of this standard in other components of the Polish Armed Forces.

If the battery, featuring the WG-35 vehicle and AG/A-35 cannons is enriched with the WD-35 command platform and compatible Soła or Bystra radars and Poprad SAMs, then a complex VSHORAD system is formed by all of the aforementioned elements, combining SAMs and AAA systems. Such system may act against targets at distances of up to 6 kilometers and altitudes of up to 3500 meters, creating the lowest and the most mobile layer of the air defence system.

It is also possible to develop variants of the 35 mm cannons of a higher mobility, on self-propelled wheeled or track chassis. In such situation, a concept similar to the original assumptions of the PZA Loara system could be implemented, and the whole system could be used for protection of armoured and mechanized units on the move.

http://www.defence24.com/441591,from-loara-to-a-35-mm-aaa-system-pit-radwars-contribution-to-the-notec-programme
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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Mer 7 Sep 2016 - 23:19

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MSPO 2016: New Remotely Controlled Armament Module From Tarnów


PUBLISHED AT: Today, 07 September, 10:52


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A5 variant of the “Remotely Controlled Armament Module” of the ZSMU product family is one of numerous solutions presented by the ZM Tarnów facility, during the XXIV International Defence Industry Salon in Kielce. The product in question is a serious contender in the DEFENDER awards competition.


The new solution designed in Tarnów is peculiar, as it features two different types of armament coupled together, complemented with a stabilization system and an automatic video-tracker. Remote control system provides a higher level of safety for the crews of a variety of vehicles. The operators have an ability to carry out observation and fire control tasks from the interior part of the armoured vehicles and cars, also when the platform is on the move. Nonetheless, there is also an option for the system to be operated manually, without a power supply, with manual operation of the trigger and targeting.

This is why the remotely controlled armament modules are offered to be applied in case of any type of a vehicle. The Tarnów-based company, since many years, has been preparing to act in the role of the main supplier of the aforesaid solution for the Polish Army. At the same time, proposals have been made to expand the offer and install the systems not only onboard the main battle tanks or armoured personnel carriers, but also in case of the fast patrol boats and within stationary structures.

ZSMU-A5 is a system of modular design, offering an option of mounting a variety of armament onboard. The proposed weapons include .308 or .50-cal machine guns or 40 mm GMG automatic grenade launcher. The rotating platform of the module is also capable of accommodating a rocket launcher and a smoke grenades dispenser. Thanks to the above option, not only may the unmanned turret be used to counteract the ground targets, as it may also be customized to neutralize airborne or maritime threats.

This is also possible thanks to a multi-purpose fire control system, resistant to any environmental factors that may be imposed on it. The suite is based on an integrated optronic sensor. The optoelectronic sensor included a TV camera, FLIR system and a laser range-finder, thanks to which the ZSMU-A5 module may be utilized at night and during the day. ZM Tarnów S.A. facility has acquired the relevant expertise within the areas of design and manufacturing pertaining to most of the electronic components of the module, with a number original technological solutions being applied to reach that goal.

ZSMU-A5 is a system based on the modules that had been developed, implemented and manufactured earlier on, including the ZSMU-1276A3 or ZSMU-A4 systems. The older “packages” are also being presented, along with the operator’s stations, during the MSPO 2016 event in Kielce. A3 remotely controlled armament module is probably the best known variant, 17 examples of which have been delivered for the Polish Army, and further procurement is also expected throughout the year 2016. Modules to be mounted on the ROSOMAK WRT engineering reconnaissance vehicles are already being delivered.

ZSMU-A5 system already went through the factory test programme, with positive results. ZSMU-A5 module is expected to be first used within the design of the light armoured reconnaissance carrier, also known as LOTR (Lekki Opancerzony Transporter Rozpoznawczy).



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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Mer 7 Sep 2016 - 23:31

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MSPO 2016: Chile selects S-70i Black Hawk


07th September 2016 - 8:41  by Tony Skinner in Kielce




Chile has become the sixth customer for the Polish-built S-70i Black Hawk, selecting the helicopter
for a six aircraft order, manufacturer Sikorsky has revealed.



The Chilean Air Force (FACH) has selected an unarmed version of the S-70i with ‘multiple different features’ for a search and rescue type requirement, according to Joe Palumbo, international military programme manager for Sikorsky.

Speaking at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland, Palumbo said that from an original race of four OEMs, Sikorsky was shortlisted along with Airbus Helicopters (with the H215) for the tender.

‘And at the end of that we were selected this past week for six aircraft. Delivery of that is 24 months. Those will be the next aircraft that come from the PZL Mielec factory, which raises the PZL production to six international customers – and a couple of months ago we sold another aircraft to the Turkish prime minister, so demand is starting to pick up again,’ Palumbo said.

Indeed, the Chilean Air Force joins Brunei, the Columbian Army, Mexico, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the Interior and the Turkish National Police as operators of the Polish-built S-70i. Currently the FACH rotary-wing fleet consists of 4.3t Bell UH-1 Hueys and 5.3t Bell 412s.

While much of Sikorsky’s marketing effort in recent months has centred on the new armed configuration of the Black Hawk, which has also taken centre stage at MSPO, Palumbo said Chile was attracted to the PZL Mielec option due to the speed of first delivery.

‘They looked at the FMS aircraft, they studied these things just like everyone else, they studied the specs of the various aircraft - they did their homework just like any other customer. The key thing is the speed of the contract and delivery schedule through the direct commercial sale,’ he added.

‘Some customers like dealing directly with the FMS [foreign channel sales] channels and some customers like dealing directly with Sikorsky.’

More than 1000 UH-60M/S-70i helicopters have now been built in total, with around 20% of that figure going to international customers - a key figure as Sikorsky looks to further expand its operator base, Palumbo noted.

Certainly Chile’s decision to opt for the aircraft would have been heavily influenced by the number of current operators in the region as well as its own experience with a S-70A it purchased in the 1990s.

While largely similar to the configuration on display at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK in July, the aircraft at MSPO featured some fresh innovations.

These include the addition of internal and external fuel tanks from Robertson Fuel Systems, extending the range out to 800km, and an FN Herstal RMP 12.7mm machine gun (250 rounds) with an integrated 70mm rocket pod containing three rockets.

While the company started work on the armed version of the aircraft some five years ago, the effort gained fresh impetus recently with the decision of one, still undisclosed, customer to work with Sikorsky to get the configuration fully qualified.

‘If customers required it, the aircraft is qualified to carry 16 Hellfire missiles – it is qualified for that load. That is the beauty about the Black Hawk – it has that lift capability. Not only can it carry different weapons, we can customise it depending on what the customer wants.’

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/rotorhub/mspo-2016-chile-selects-s-70i-black-hawk/

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MSPO 2016: Caracal renegotiation lingers on

07th September 2016 - 14:49  by Tony Skinner in Kielce  




Airbus Helicopters believes it is near the end of a ‘long and challenging’ renegotiation with the Polish
government that will see the H225M Caracal assembled in Poland for its utility helicopter tender.


The Caracal was selected for the procurement in 2015 over the Sikorsky S-70i and AgustaWestland AW149, with the Polish Ministry of Defence sending out a strong message at the time that the helicopter was the only contender that met the technical specifications.

Following successful flight trials of the aircraft, the procurement moved to Poland’s Ministry of Development to finalise the programme’s industrialisation and offset package. However, the change of government in October 2015 stalled proceedings, along with several other major defence programmes, as the offer was reviewed.

Speaking to Shephard at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce on 6 September, Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury was hopeful that most of the major offset hurdles had now been overcome.  

‘It has been an interesting and challenging offset negotiation where we have worked hard to come up with solutions and projects to fulfil the expectations and we are now in the final stage of this offset negotiation and I am of the opinion that we are coming close to the conclusion,’ Faury stated.

While international companies chasing tenders for the Polish Armed Forces were hoping the government would use MSPO as a chance to clarify its spending priorities, ministers remained tight-lipped about the progress of the Caracal renegotiations.

Minister of National Defence – Secretary of State Bartosz Kownacki brushed aside media queries about the current state of play on the Caracal purchase and whether he thought there was a chance the renegotiation may ultimately fail.

‘Those talks are still being conducted but given the confidential nature of the talks, I cannot say anything further,’ Kownacki said in an industry forum at MSPO.

Kownacki sent a strong message to foreign defence/aerospace companies that major procurements would not be signed, unless Polish interests were met well beyond the scope of the actual equipment purchase.

Airbus Helicopters believes it was met such stipulations with its plans to transition H225M production into Poland over the course of the programme and providing aircraft for export once the Polish aircraft are delivered.

‘We have worked and made proposals to fulfil expectations in terms of the ability of Polish entities to assemble the helicopters; to support, maintain and further update and develop the product; to have the IP rights; and have the equipment and know-how  and people trained to do this – to meet the needs of national security and national dependence on the product,’ Faury said.

‘We have worked to fulfil expectations of the ability to assemble Caracals for export and also the ability and rights to support and maintain the helicopters outside of Poland. That is what we have been requested to do and what we have agreed to do.’

Committing so heavily to Poland is a calculated move by Airbus Helicopters as it positions itself for the forthcoming Kruk attack helicopter tender and other regional replacement programmes likely to arise in the near term.

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MSPO 2016: Poland's Leopard upgrade breaks cover


07th September 2016 - 12:00  by Grant Turnbull in Kielce



The first prototype Leopard 2PL main battle tank, an upgrade of the Polish Army’s legacy 2A4 variant,
is on display at this year’s MSPO exhibition held in Kielce, Poland.



German manufacturer Rheinmetall is currently working with Polish manufacturer Bumar-Labedy to upgrade 128 Leopard 2A4s as part of a contract signed at the end of last year. Bumar-Labedy forms part of the wider state-run Polish Armaments Group, or PGZ.

The upgrade programme has seen Rheinmetall recently establish a permanent Polish presence with a new company known as Rheinmetall Defence Polska. The company has already begun building its Polish work force at offices in Warsaw and Gliwice.

The managing director of Rheinmetall Defence Polska, Otmar Schultheis, told Shephard that the Polish Army’s Leopard modernisation was currently the main effort for the new company.

‘We are now in the design and development phase,’ he said. ‘We will have a full prototype ready at the end of 2017 and then we will have a verification phase in 2018.’

The Leopard 2PL prototype on display at Kielce is not a finalised design but represents a potential configuration that the Polish Army could receive.

Rheinmetall is working with local industry, particularly Bumar-Labedy, to integrate Polish technologies and systems as part of the upgrade. Schultheis said that included integrating Polish sensor technology from company PCO for the commander’s and gunner’s sight.

Other upgrades will include additional armour on the turret, an electric turret drive, a new multi-function control, and a fire suppression system.

The Polish military has set a 60t weight limit for 2A4 upgrades, meaning that additional armour has been limited to the turret rather than the main hull.

The first Leopard 2PL is expected to be handed over to the MOD for trials in early 2018, with serial production given the green the light soon after. An initial six Leopard 2PL tanks will be built in Germany, then 12 units will be built by Bumar-Labedy with Rheinmetall providing oversight.

The next 110 units will be upgraded entirely by the Polish company, with the company then also able to offer Leopard 2 MBT maintenance and upgrades for other export users.

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MSPO 2016: Rheinmetall returns for Pegasus (video)


07th September 2016 -  by Grant Turnbull in Kielce



German manufacturer Rheinmetall is displaying its armoured multipurpose vehicle (AMPV) at MSPO in
Kielce this year, as it sets its sight on a potential Polish special forces requirement for several hundred
4x4 vehicles.


The requirement is known as 'Pegasus' and is pitting several vehicle manfacturers against each together. At least two competitors of Rheinmetall is Thales with its Hawkei and Mowag, with its Eagle vehicle.

At this year's MSPO, Rheinmetall is displaying the AMPV with a manually-operated 40mm grenade laucher. This is a change from last year when the company displayed the vehicle with a remote weapon station.

Other equipment fitted to the specialist vehicle - which has been co-developed with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann - includes a smoke grenade dispensing system, a series of cameras and a sniper detection system.

If the Polish military was to order the AMPV, it would make it the launch customer for the product. Rheinmetall is also eyeing potential requirements for a 4x4 vehicle for the regular army as well.

The AMPV on display has integrated several pieces of Polish technology, inevitably a response to Poland's desire to build its defence industrial capacity through offset agreements with foreign manufacturers. A WB Electronics communications suite is installed, while the 40mm greande laucnher is also from an indegenous company.

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MSPO 2016: Two-wheeled UGV concept on show (video)


08th September 2016 - 15:00  by Grant Turnbull in Kielce




Fresh from winning an innovation award with the Polish Armed Forces, a pair of entrepeneurs are
showing off their two-wheeled UGV concept for the first time at MSPO in Kielce.



Speaking to Shephard, inventors Paweł Niegodajew and Mariusz Księżyk said their innovative robot had been developed to equip the military and prevent human casualties on the battlefield.

The UGV can be armed with weapons, or robotic arms and sensors in a non-offensive role.

The duo have only worked togther on the 'All-Terrain UGV' robot for six months and they have still not decided on a company name.

Despite this they have won an award from the Polish Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technology, which is also represented here at MSPO, and where they were displaying the prototype robot.

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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Jeu 8 Sep 2016 - 18:35

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MSPO 2016: Polish M-346 delivery imminent


08th September 2016 - 11:35 by Grant Turnbull in Kielce






The first Leonardo M-346 jet trainer aircraft is wrapping up development and is expected to be delivered to the Polish Air Force in November, according to company officials speaking in Kielce, Poland.

Poland ordered a total of eight M-346 trainer aircraft in 2014. The current schedule for delivery will see the first aircraft delivered in November, with a second aircraft expected to follow shortly afterwards.

‘We’ve been flying the aircraft for a couple of months now,’ said Leonardo test pilot Giacomo Iannelli, who has been flying the Polish M-346. ‘We will finish the development of the Polish variant around the end of October and begin deliveries in November.’

The first aircraft for Poland flew in July 2016 and has subsequently undergone a flight test programme to certify a number of new technologies and systems chosen by the air force. Type certification is expected in October.

‘It is a very different to any aircraft we have built,’ Iannelli said, expanding further on some of the technologies that make the Polish Air Force M-346 differ from other variants.

The different technologies include the advanced Saturn (second-generation anti-jam tactical UHF radio) communications suite, a braking parachute and a ‘hood’ to simulate flying in low visibility.

Another unique element of the Polish configuration is an advanced embedded tactic training simulation (ETTS) system that will allow the virtual use of air-launched munitions by student pilots.

According to Leonardo, the initial six Polish Air Force pilots are due to begin their final phase of M-346 training and will conclude their training in October. Another batch of four pilots has already arrived at Lecce-Galatina Air Base to begin ground school.

The next step for the development programme will include experimental and certification flights for avionics suite, the datalink and communications systems. There will also be tests for the ETTS and braking parachute.

The first flight of a second Polish M-346 will take place at the end of this month. Deliveries of all eight aircraft are expected to be complete by the end of next year.

The M-346 will see service with the Polish Air Force’s 4th Training Wing Squadron, based in Deblin. Mirroring much of its defence policy, Poland hopes it can become an international hub for military pilot training.

The air forces of Italy, Singapore, Israel and Poland have all ordered the M-346, bringing the current total of orders to 68.

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/training-simulation/mspo-2016-polish-m-346-delivery-imminent/

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MSPO 2016: Soviet equipment gets Arex treatment (video)

08th September 2016 -  by Grant Turnbull in Kielce



While Poland might be on somewhat of a shopping spree for brand-new equipment, it's easy to forget
that the country also wants to modernise much of its older, Soviet-era equipment as well.



Arex, part of the privately-owned WB Group, is positioning itself as one of the leaders of these modernisation efforts, offering upgrades to a host of equipment.

At this year's MSPO in Kielce, Poland, Arex showed off an upgrade package for the Soviet-era ZU-23-2, a 23mm anti-aircraft gun. The weapon system has been upgraded with an electric drive, meaning just one person can operate it, and it now also features electro-optic sights for detection of targets at greater ranges.

Another growing area for the Polish company is training and simulation. At the show, Arex demonstrated an anti-aircraft missile trainer integrated with representative weapon system and virtual reality headset.

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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Jeu 8 Sep 2016 - 18:46

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MSPO 2016: MEADS back in running for Wisla


08th September 2016 - 8:12 by Tony Skinner in Kielce




The door has seemingly swung wide open for MEADS International as the Polish government makes it clear it is prepared to play hard ball to nail down the best deal for the Wisła medium range air and missile defence programme.

Developments on day two of MSPO in Kielce will be a bitter pill to swallow for Raytheon, manufacturer of the Patriot missile system.

Patriot was officially selected for the Wisla requirement in April 2015 and the Raytheon offering was again given official affirmation on 6 September when Poland’s defence minister Antoni Macierewicz told delegates his office was formally submitting a letter of request (LoR) to the US government for Patriot.

‘Today I signed the decision to submit to the US government and Raytheon company the LoR regarding the order for the Patriot system under the Wisła programme. This is of course connected with a number of agreed mutual commitments, it is about a total of eight units,’ Macierewicz said.

While this wording may have left an element of ambiguity about the timing of the request, a larger shadow was cast over Raytheon’s bid the following day when officials insisted the Ministry of National Defence was seeking information from competitor MEADS International to give the ministry options during negotiations.

‘MEADS has been asked to provide a quote… and the programme can be reopened to MEADS if what they are offering is better than what Raytheon and Patriot can offer,’ Secretary of State in the MND Bartosz Kownacki said in an industry forum.

MEADS International was quick to jump on the opening, with the joint-venture between Lockheed Martin and MBDA signing a letter of intent with state-owned arms holding PGZ that afternoon and stating its confidence about its solution being reassessed.

‘We also look forward to formally reentering the Wisła medium-range air defence programme, with the Polish government’s request for a full MEADS offer,’ the company said in a statement.

While both competitors privately expressed an element of confusion about the future direction of the tender, it is clear the government is willing to string out any defence procurement negotiation to secure enough domestic content and technology transfer to ensure Polish industry benefits well beyond the scope of the individual programme.

Raytheon has said its package would see 50% of the value of the Wisła programme remaining in Poland as domestic workshare – a commitment now matched by MEADS International – and in both cases PGZ will become a partner for any export sales.

Despite the fact negotiations are likely to become even more protracted now the MND has essentially undertaken to formally assess both offerings, Warsaw has still given itself the target of fielding the first two batteries by 2019.

‘By 2019, the first two batteries within the [initial] units under the condition that from the very beginning they will be equipped with an IBCS [integrated battle command system], and the third one, which we will be buying in 2020, will be equipped with a 360 degree radar based on the latest technology, which Poland would be using simultaneously with the United States,’ Macierewicz said in his address to delegates.

Raytheon has said it will deliver the first fire units 24 months after contract award.

The current political deviations affecting the Wisła project are not unique to that procurement, with several other programmes undergoing a similar renegotiation.

While many in industry have dismissed the current ruptures as a new government carefully reviewing the agreed spending programmes of its predecessor, one factor seems to be permanent – if you plan to do business in Poland, be prepared for the long haul.

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/landwarfareintl/mspo-2016-meads-back-running-wisla/

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MSPO 2016: Israeli missiles for Polish helos (video)


08th September 2016 - 10:24 by Grant Turnbull in Kielce




Helicopter manufacturer PZL Świdnik, teaming with Israeli company Rafael, wants to increase the firepower of Polish Land Forces W-3PL Głuszec gunship with the integration of Spike anti-tank missiles.

The W-3 Głuszec was on display at this year's MSPO in Kielce, Poland, with both Spike NLOS and ER missiles. The helicopter entered service with Poland in 2010 and features advance avionics and a weapon suite that includes unguided rockets and a nose-mounted machine gun.

Luca Niccolini, who is responsible for market development at PZL Świdnik, told Shephard that there was still potential to upgrade the helicopter further with weapon system upgrades and new rotorblades to increase the aircraft's lift capacity.

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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Ven 9 Sep 2016 - 21:38

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MSPO 2016: Radmor radio roll out (video)


09th September 2016 - 13:00  by Grant Turnbull in Kielce





Polish communications company Radmor displayed a new family of software defined radios at this year's MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland.

Known as Comp@n, the encrypted radios can be customised for each user's requirements and has already garnered interest from at least one export customer, according to Tomasz Onak, an export development manager at Radmor.

Shephard spoke to Onak about the new radios and the opportunities they see in the wider defence market.

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MSPO 2016: New missile touted for SA-8


09th September 2016 - 13:03 by Tony Skinner in Kielce






Polish defence company WZU and Diehl BGT Defence are working together to integrate the latter’s IRIS-T surface-to-air missile on an upgraded version of the 9K33 OSA (SA-8 Gecko) surface to air missile vehicle.

A mock-up of the missile integration on an upgraded version of the SA-8 was on public display at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland, for the first time.

The upgraded SA-8 brings the vehicle in line with NATO standards, featuring a Mode 4/5 IFF system, an eye-safe laser rangefinder, increased resistance to passive and active interference, better radar signal digital processing, and increased detection of low radar cross section targets.

In addition to a new diesel powerplant, the vehicle features a dehumidification system and air conditioning as well as new PPI displays on the radar stations to provide a better quality air situation picture.

Company officials said the engineering design work to integrate IRIS-T on the vehicle was largely complete, positioning the upgrade as a potential offering to any future Polish Army requirement.

The Polish MoD plans to replace its ageing air defence systems under the Narew procurement project and has been in discussions with at least nine industry providers.

Narew is expected to replace the obsolete 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainfil) and SA-8 replaced by nine new systems. However, little detail of the MoD’s intentions under the project emerged during MSPO.

WZU head of research and development Jacek Walczak said the integration of IRIS-T was one way of providing a modernisation path for the SA-8, providing any future operator with enhanced tactical and technical capabilities.

‘We carried out the first modernisation of the vehicle about 11 years ago. This is part of a second modernisation effort, which started about two years ago and is now our proposal for the Polish Army,’ Walczak told Shephard.

He noted that given the mass, length and diameter of the IRIS-T was similar to the legacy 9M33 missile, the integration was a relatively simple engineering task.

For its part, Diehl is building on previous work in Sweden, where the army is introducing a ground-launched version of the IRIS-T to replace the RBS 70 missile system.

Arne Nolte, marketing manager of the ground based air defence unit at Diehl, said the introduction of the company’s missile brings the SA-8 in line with the modern threat environment.

‘This solution is starting to gain a lot of interest. If we were to get on contract it would take about 24 months to finalise the work. The big advantage of IRIS-T is that is can also be carried by aircraft. Given the Polish Air Force operates the F-16, the introduction of IRIS-T could add to their capability.’

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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Sam 10 Sep 2016 - 20:04

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MSPO 2016: Miniaturized “Orlik” Pilot’s NVG System


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Image Credit: Rafał Surdacki/Defence24.pl


During the MSPO 2016 Defence Salon, the miniaturized aviation PNL-3M “ORLIK” night vision goggles are demonstrated by the PCO S.A company. Their role is to make it possible for the pilots and for the flying crews to observe the terrain and detect targets during the night flights.


The role of the PNL-3M “Orlik” goggles is to make it possible for the pilots and for the flying crews to observe the terrain and detect targets during the night flights. The goggles are based on the latest Intens® image intensifiers, in case of which the photocathode has a diameter of 16 mm, which allows the user to carry out observation tasks at night, thanks to the fact that the residual light is properly intensified.

The intensifiers in question have been fitted with an autogating system, which safeguards the tube from additional damage and protects the user from temporary blindness. The system automatically sets the image intensity, depending on the surrounding lighting conditions. Thanks to the above solution, “Orlik” NVGs may be used when sudden flashes or changing lighting conditions are present, without blinding the user.

In order to use the goggles in question within a cockpit environment, it is required to apply a proper instruments panel lighting, namely light emitting diodes compliant with the MIL-L-85762A and MIL-STD 3009 norms. The goggles are at the same time tailored to be used with the Night Helmet Mounted Display system (Nocny Wyświetlacz Nahełmowy – NWN-1), the purpose of which is to visualize the helicopter’s flight parameters in poor light conditions, allowing the pilot to control the aircraft without using the instrument panel.

The field of view for the goggles is not narrower than 38 degrees. Focusing is possible within the range from 25 centimetres to infinity. The optical system of the goggles ensures that the user may use stereoscopic vision for observing the work environment, with natural shape, scenery and size perception ensured, which facilitates spatial orientation. This is ensured thanks to properly designed distance of the exit pupil (23 mm ± 1 mm from the last optical surface of the lens).


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“Orlik” NVG system is easy to mount, comfortable and safe to use. Thanks to a special attachment system they may be mounted directly onto the THL-5 NV, HGU-56 or ALPHA helmets, in a way which virtually does not limit the pilot’s head movement and ability to use his own vision for maintaining the situational awareness. This is ensured thanks to the fact that the system is small and light, the weight imposed is balanced by the battery/power supply, mounted at the back of the helmet with the use of a tape. The package also features a connector for the wires which connect the goggles with the onboard avionics. The NVG system’s weight is 840 grams.

“Orlik” goggles may be supplied with power independently, thanks to a single AA battery (offering the voltage range from 1.2 to 3.6 volts), with an option of operating for up to 15 hours, or via the onboard power supply system of the aircraft, offering the voltage of 27V.

The helmet mounting system offers an adjustment option, making it possible to tailor the system to the individual features of the user’s vision with the use of relevant adjustment knobs. Thanks to the above solution, distance between the oculars may be adjusted (within the range between 52 and 74 mm), distance of the entry pupil from the eye, position of the goggles in relation to the helmet’s edge and angle of inclination. Moreover, individual dioptre adjustment is also available (range of +2 - -5).

The goggles have been fitted with a special g-load safeguard, releasing the goggles automatically, should emergency landing or any other accident take place, with the system being engaged at the g number exceeding 5. Thanks to the above, it is less probable that the user, should an accident take place, would suffer from a head or neck-spinal trauma.

PNL-3M Orlik NVG system is being used by the Polish Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Moreover, the civil variant has been certified for being used within the European airspace by the EASA agency.

Maksymilian Dura

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Un pays du Moyen-Orient est intéressé par l’achat de nouveaux chars polonais PT-16


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Char polonais PT-16 | image : Agencja Gazeta par Paweł Małecki

 

L’industrie militaire polonaise dévoilera le nouveau char de combat principal PT-16 au cours de l’Exposition internationale de l’industrie militaire (MSPO) qui aura lieu du 6 au 9 septembre à Kielce en Pologne.

D’après les sources au sein du comité d’organisation de l’exposition, un pays du Moyen-Orient est intéressé par l’achat de nouveaux chars de combat principaux polonais PT-16. Au cours de cette exposition, les négociations se dérouleront autour d’une éventuelle participation des ces chars aux exercices militaires en 2017.

Le char PT-16 est la dernière version du char de combat polonais PT-91 et est basé sur le châssis du char T-72. Le nouveau PT-16 est doté d’un canon de 120 mm qui peut tirer avec les munitions standards de l’OTAN ainsi que les derniers obus fortement explosifs DM11 avec le détonateur programmable et les munitions anti-blindées DM63 APFSDS.

La nouvelle tourelle aura un nouveau chargeur automatique qui chargera les cartouches unitaires de 120 x 570 mm compatibles avec un canon lisse conçu par Rheinmetall. Pour le moment, les modalités de mise en œuvre de cette solution technique par les ingénieurs polonais n’est pas connue.

Le nouveau char est doté d’un moteur polonais de 1100 chevaux-vapeurs (cv) qui l’autorise à atteindre la vitesse maximale de 65 km/h sur la route.

http://defense-blog.fr/un-pays-du-moyen-orient-est-interesse-par-lachat-de-nouveaux-chars-polonais-pt-16/  

Interresant ce char a mi-chemin entre le T-72 et le Leopard II.
Possible candidat au remplacement des T-72 de la 6ème BRB

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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Dim 11 Sep 2016 - 18:42

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MSPO 2014: HSW Reveals KRYL Howitzer


During MSPO 2014, Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) presented to an international audience for the first time a KRYL wheeled self-propelled howitzer with 155 mm gun. The chassis was firstly shown in public in mid-July (during the opening of a new military truck production line) but now HSW presented the entire vehicle – chassis with a gun.


At MSPO 2014, it was revealed that the KRYL wheeled self-propelled howitzer will enter service in 2017. (Photos: Robert Czulda)

It was revealed that the first prototype of KRYL’s chassis is undergoing trials and examination at the Military Institute of Armoured and Automotive Technology (WITPiS) in Sulejowek. Total weight is approximately 23 tonnes. Its length is 10,30 mm, width 2,550mm and height 3,440mm. KRYL’s speed is 80km/h (on paved roads) and 20km/h (off road) while its range is 500 kilometres. The cabin is mine-resistant and provides ballistic protection (level 1 according to STANAG 4669) and can accommodate the entire crew. The engine has been moved forward, which allows for a lower vehicle – this means that KRYL will be transportable on a C-130 HERCULES aircraft (already in the Polish service). KRYL will be able to engage targets up to 40 kilometres. Poland wants to equip seven artillery squadrons with KRYL howitzers by 2025. During MSPO 2014, it was confirmed that the first KRYLs will be delivered in 2017. One year before delivery KRYL will complete tests and trials.

KRYL is equipped with Polish fire control and C2I systems and ATMOS 2000 gun (155mm/52), which is delivered by Elbit Systems (in the beginning HSW also negotiated cooperation with Nexter). HSW’s chassis for KRYL will also be used as a base for WR-300 HOMAR, which will be similar to the US HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) – a wheeled version of tracked MRLS. They will be built by HSW. The whole project is in its initial phase. The new wheeled WR-300 launcher would be a supplement of the existing HSW WR-40 LANGUSTA MRL, which has a 4 km range. KRYL’s range is between 5km (minimum) and 40 kilometres. It can fire six shells per minute.



A gun presented at MSPO 2014 was manufactured in Israel but production of series vehicles will be conducted in Poland (from 2016 when a HSW’s barrel production plant reaches its full production capabilities).

Poland currently uses 122mm and 152mm self-propelled howitzers.

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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Dim 11 Sep 2016 - 19:08

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MSPO 2016: PGZ Presents LEOPARD 2PL


During MSPO 2016, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) presented a technology demonstrator of an upgraded LEOPARD 2A4 MBT, known as LEOPARD 2PL. A contract between the Ministry of National Defence, PGZ and its subsidiary, Bumar-Łabędy, was signed in late 2015.

Poland plans to modernise 128 2A4 tanks in the first phase. The representatives of PGS do not hide that there are two goals of the LEOPARD 2PL project – the first is to improve the operational capabilities of aging LEOPARD tanks, donated in recent years by Germany from Bundeswehr’s stocks (in Polish service since 2002).

The second goal is to acquire indigenous capabilities in terms of further modernisation, maintenance and repairs. In order to achieve it, various companies will be involved, including PCO, ZM Tarnów, WZM from Poznań, Rosomak SA and OBRUM Gliwice. Rheinmetall Landsysteme from Germany is a foreign partner in this project. This company is responsible for a modernization project and technical documentation. Ultimately the Bumar-Łabędy company will become an owner of intellectual rights of the project on Polish markets.

There are several elements of a planned upgraded. The PL version is planned to have new situational awareness sensors (including a thermal camera and new observation sensors for a tank commander, a thermal camera for a gunner, and a day/night camera for a driver), electrical turret drive, hydraulic stabilization of a gun and additional armour. Poland does not plan to replace original L44 120 mm gun with a new gun, such as LEOPARD 2A6’s L55 variant. However, after an upgrade the 2PL will be able to fire DM63A1 kinetic energy rounds and DM11 HE rounds. To achieve it, the 2PL will have a fire control system upgraded as well.

New armour is designed in cooperation with IBD Deisenroth Engineering from Germany. It will be possible to easily remove armour and replace it with a new set if needed. According to the PGZ, this armour will give the turret of the 2PL better ballistic protection than in Leopard 2A5. It will be comparable with the 2A7 version, the PGZ says. At the current stage an upgrade of the communication system is not planned.

The total weight of an upgraded vehicle will go up from 55 tonnes to 59 tonnes. It is planned that the 2PL will stay in operational service for roughly 30 years. The first 2PL prototype is planned to be ready by March 2018. The first five tanks will be produced in Germany, with another twelve being produced in Poland but in cooperation with German industry. A remaining 110 will be upgraded only by a Polish company, without German assistance. The MoND has planned to receive it in late 2018. The remaining tank should be delivered to the customer in late 2020.

At the same time Poland plans to acquire new armoured recovery vehicles (ARV) for both Leopard 2A5 and 2PL tanks. It is possible that Bumar Łabędy in cooperation with Rheinmetall will buy up to 20 BPz 3 ARVs. At the same time during MSPO 2016 WZM in Poznań in cooperation with Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) presented a plan of modernization of currently used BPz 2s.


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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Dim 11 Sep 2016 - 19:40

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MSPO 2016: PGZ Presents PT-16 Main Battle Tank


During MSPO 2016 in Kielce, Poland, PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa) revealed a technology demonstrator of a new tank, named as the PT-16 (Polish Tank 2016). It is a modernised offering of the PT-91 TWARDY tank, which is an indigenous development of the T-72M1 tank, designed in the 1990s by two Polish companies – OBRUM and ZM Bumar-Łabędy. They are now both part of the PGZ and responsible for the PT-16 programme.


PGZ PT-16 MBT

PT-16 is an upgraded PT-91 with improved survivability, situational awareness and firepower, and is based on the chassis of the PT-91. While the old tank is equipped with the PZL-Wola S-1000R diesel engine (1000 hp, 735 kW), PGZ and its companies plan to install a new powerpack (up to 1200hp). A new tank would have additional composite armour providing a ballistic protection of approx. 100RHA. To remove weaknesses of the TWARDY tank, the PT-16 would be equipped with a modern fire-control system and a remotely controlled weapon station known as ZSMU-127 KOBUZ with either a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun. It is not ruled out that an unmanned turret could offered.

The PT-16 would have a weight of 47,5t and a maximum speed of 70km/h.


PGZ PT-16 MBT

While the PT-91 is equipped with the 2A46MS 12 mm smoothbore gun (the same that is used in the T-72), the PT-16 would be equipped with an as yet undetermined 120mm smoothbore gun (like the 120mm KBM2 from Ukraine) able to use NATO-standard ammunition, including advanced kinetic energy penetrators, such as the DM53 and its further development DM63. It is possible that the most likely weapon of choice would be the Rheinmetall L44 120mm gun, which is currently used on all Polish LEOPARD 2A4/2A5 tanks. According to information from MSPO 2016, it is planned that the Polish company HSW (Huta Stalowa Wola) would be responsible for the production of these guns.

Poland now has 232 TWARDY tanks in service, which are currently used in four battalions in three brigades (1st Armoured Brigade, 2nd Mechanised Brigade and 34th Armoured Cavalry Brigade). The Polish Armed Forces do not plan any modernisation and want all PT-91s be phased out by the 2030s. However, Polish companies responsible for the armour project still believe that TWARDY has some potential for modernization, carried out either independently or with Ukrainian assistance. It is offered to upgrade a loading system and improve gun stabilisation.

TWARDYs serve in Malaysia, who might be interested in procuring the PT-16 modernisation package.





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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Lun 12 Sep 2016 - 22:33

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Krab, Tracked-Chassis Rak and Baobab-K. HSW’s Booth at MSPO


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Image Credit: R. Surdacki



Huta Stalowa Wola, during the MSPO 2016 event, showcased its Krab self-propelled howitzer based on a new chassis, along with a Baobab-K mine-laying platform. Moreover, the company also presented the Rak Self-Propelled Mortar based on a tracked chassis.


Krab self-propelled howitzer is a system which is said to be capable of attacking targets at distances of up to 40 kilometres, offering an ability to have the first three rounds fired in 10 seconds, starting from the decision to begin the potential artillery strike. The howitzer, when on the move, reaches the readiness for combat in about 30 seconds. Leaving the firing position also takes no more than half a minute. The vehicle is capable of firing the projectiles straight ahead too. Krab has been fitted with a fire control system, internal and external communications suites and a land navigation system.  The platform has a combat weight of 48 tonnes, and it has been fitted with the MTU 881 Ka 500 engine, the maximum power output of which is defined as 1000 HP.

Huta Stalowa Wola, at the moment, is in the process of delivering 24 Krab self-propelled howitzers for the Polish Army. In August, another six howitzers were assembled at the HSW facility, as it was declared by the Head of the Armament Inspectorate, brig. general Adam Duda. The agreement related to more fire-units (referred to as fire-modules) – probably four – is planned to happen until the end of this year. In this way, the Polish artillery would obtain, in total, 120 modern 155 mm self-propelled howitzers. This number is higher from e.g. quantity of howitzers that are to be utilized in the target structure of the Bundeswehr (101 PzH 2000 systems).

HSW also showcased its Baobab-K mine-laying platform based on the Jelcz 6×6 truck. The system has also been developed with the Polish Territorial Defence elements in mind. At the moment the Polish Army has only a minor quantity of the Kroton mine-layers at its disposal, with the platform being based on a tracked chassis. At the same time, it is said that having an ability to rapidly create the minefields is crucial, when it comes to hampering the movement of the enemy armoured and mechanized units.

Baobab has been fitted with an onboard computer coupled with a visualization system and a digital map. In conjunction with the GPS navigational suite, the above set of equipment allows the vehicle to lay the mines in an automatic mode, within the framework of the programmed set-up, also when it comes to the frequency at which the mines shall be launched when the vehicle is on the move. Moreover, location and parameters of the newly established minefield are presented via the visualization system, and the relevant data may be then transferred upwards the command chain.

Baobab-K also has an ability to lay the mines in a manual mode. Total mass of the vehicle does not exceed 21.02 tonnes, including mines. The truck is 9.4 meters long, and, respectively, 2.55 meters wide when on the move and 2.85 meters wide when the mine-laying process is carried out. Two variants of the Baobab-K system are under development now – the one presented at the MSPO event, featuring four mine-launchers, and another one, which utilizes six systems of this kind.

On the other hand, the self-propelled Rak mortar was showcased, during the MSPO event, in a version based on a tracked chassis developed by HSW. This derivative variant of the Rak system is dedicated, above all, to be used by the brigade elements, the core of which is to be formed by the main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. In the future, the current chassis will probably be replaced with the very same platform which is going to constitute a replacement for the BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle.

Tracked Rak mortar features the identical autonomous turret module, as the one used in case of the Rosomak APC platform. The above means that the mortar based on a tracked chassis has been fitted with a fire control system along with a ballistic computer and external and internal communications suite, complemented with a 360 degrees observation suite and optoelectronic targeting device for shooting in the straight ahead direction, featuring a laser range-finder, with a range of 10 kilometres.

Meanwhile, works are being carried out, the aim of which would be to finalize the contract concluded in April 2016, pertaining to delivery of the vehicles for eight company-sized units of mortars based on the Rosomak APC platform. The agreement, at the moment, assumes that 64 mortars are to be procured, along with the command vehicles. The platforms will be used by the brigades that are armed with the Rosomak APCs at the moment.

http://www.defence24.com/446289,krab-tracked-chassis-rak-and-baobab-k-hsws-booth-at-mspo
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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Lun 12 Sep 2016 - 22:55

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MSPO 2016: Universal vehicle prototype advances


12th September 2016 - 16:12 by Grant Turnbull in Kielce




Polish vehicle specialists OBRUM displayed its Universal Modular Tracked Platform (UMTP) prototype configured with a 30mm turret and Spike LR anti-tank missiles at this year’s MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland.

While there is currently no firm requirements for a tracked armoured vehicle, OBRUM – part of the state-run Polish Armaments Group – is continuing to develop the platform to inform the Polish armed forces about potential solutions that could be adopted in the future.

Poland has a substantial fleet of antiquated Soviet-built BWP-1 tracked vehicles, which it is hoping to replace in the near future as it looks to modernise and align itself more with NATO-standard equipment.

‘Our idea is to prepare a proposal to the Polish MOD,’ Robert Halek, manager of sales and marketing at OBRUM, told Shephard. He added that the solution would be ‘good background’ to discuss the future technical and tactical requirements of the Polish Land Forces.

Known also as the ‘Anders’ project by OBRUM, the idea behind the UMTP is to have a family of vehicles that share the same chassis and components but can perform a variety of roles. This can include an IFV, as demonstrated, but also engineering vehicles, command and control, ammunition wagons and medical vehicles.

The company has already demonstrated a light tank configuration with the integration of a 120mm self-loading gun. It has also fitted the UMTP with a 105mm gun from Belgium company CMI to demonstrate a fire support variant.

The prototype on display at MSPO this year featured a licence-built Hitfist-30 turret integrated with 30mm Bushmaster cannon and Spike anti-tank missiles. This mirrors Poland’s upgraded configuration for the Rosomak 8x8 vehicles, which are also integrating the Spike LR ATGM.

Additionally, the turret features a UKM 2000C 7.62mm machine gun, grenade launchers and the OBRA III self-defence system.

OBRUM has made public two possible UMTP chassis variants, one with a seven wheel tracked configuration and the other with six wheels. The length of the basic seven wheeled chassis would be 7.8m weighing between 18-28t, while the six wheeled vehicle would have a length of 6.9m and a weight of 16-19t.

Data for the UMTP, fitted with a 30mm turret, reveals that the combat weight with basic armour is 28t, and with additional armour this is increased to 34t. With basic armour the vehicle achieves a Level 4 STANAG 4569 standard, while the additional armour boosts that to Level 5.

The vehicle would be operated by a driver, gunner and commander, with room for an additional eight soldiers in the back.

OBRUM says the vehicle can generate 120kW of power, allowing for the integration of radar systems or non-lethal weapons. The company also believes the vehicle could integrate the sensors and weaponry that make up the PZA Loire anti-aircraft system, which currently uses a legacy T-72 chassis.

Other refinements in the design include a decreased thermal signature by mixing hot exhaust gases with the air from the vehicle’s cooling system. The company also says it can decrease radar detection by using ‘special paint’ that can absorb electromagnetic energy.


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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Ven 16 Sep 2016 - 19:51

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MSPO 2016: Orlik - A Turboprop Simulator of the F-16


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PZL-130 Orlik MPT, Image Credit: Andrzej Hładij/Defence24.pl



During the Kielce MSPO Defence Exhibition, Airbus Defence & Space showcased the project related to the TC-II MPT upgrade package dedicated for the PZL-130 Orlik turboprop trainer aircraft. The airframe offered by the PZL “Warszawa-Okęcie” facility is a military turboprop trainer which is to fuse low operational costs, providing the level of training proper for the lead-in training programme designed for the pilots of fast jets.


At the moment, the Polish Air Force operates 28 PZL-130 Orlik trainers. Up until 2013, 16 examples of this aircraft have been upgraded to the TC-II Garmin standard, featuring a new wing, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 750 HP engine, four-blade Hartzell propeller, and additional avionics.

At the moment, Airbus Defence & Space proposes that further modernization works are carried out so that the trainer, the roots of which date back to the 1980s, receives a glass cockpit avionics suite from the MPT (Multi-Purpose Trainer) variant. Such equipment would allow the student-pilots to effortlessly make their transition to the M-346 Master and F-16C/D Jastrząb jet aircraft.

According to the arguments made by the manufacturer, the training requirements form a need to implement the glass cockpit avionics, so peculiar of the 4th and 5th generation fighters, at the second stage of the pilot’s training programme. Using a turboprop aircraft at this stage of the training would make it possible to limit the operational costs.

TC-II MPT version of the Orlik features glass cockpit avionics including MFD and HUD displays, controlled by a computer which receives the commands from UFCP and HOTAS systems, and which is also coupled with the navigation and communications suites. All of the systems listed above have analogous modes of operation and are designated identically to those used in the Polish F-16 fighter aircraft. The open architecture of the avionics also makes it possible to expand the whole suite with more functionalities, such as the IFF system or third MFD.

The equipment installed on the aircraft, including the armament and Doppler radar simulating systems, make it possible to train the pilots in air-to-air and ground attack scenarios, also in adverse weather conditions and at night. PZL-130 Orlik TC-II may also act as a flying simulator of combat sorties.
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MessageSujet: Re: MPSO 2016   Sam 17 Sep 2016 - 18:31

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New Variant of Blackhawk Unveils in MSPO 2016


17 September 2016


Armed Black Hawk (all photos : Miltech, defence24)


MSPO 2016: Lockheed Martin Presents Armed Black Hawk Helicopter

During MSPO 2016 in Kielce, Lockheed Martin unveiled an armed version of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. This configuration is designed for combat support of land forces (anti-armour, close air support, covering force, escort), however other variants, including MEDEVAC and transport, are available. Representatives of PZL-Mielec, a subsidiary of Sikorsky, said during MSPO 2016 that an armed version is already available for customers and is now being tested in the United States.



At the same time the Black Hawk “gunship” is offered to the Polish Army as an addition to new combat (assault) helicopters and new transport medium-class helicopters which are now being procured by Warsaw. It is worth a reminder that previously an armed Black Hawk was presented to the Polish audience during ANAKONDA 2016 multinational exercises and by PZL Mielec during a media press conference, also this year. However, this is its official debut at MSPO.



With a standard configuration an armed Black Hawk can take up to 13 troops on board without an advanced weapon system. A configuration with an advanced weapon system, with up to 8 troops on board (plus two gunners), includes two M-134 7,62 mm six-barrel rotary machine guns in gunner windows (8,000 rounds in total), sixteen AGM-114R HELLFIRE anti-tank missiles (a launcher can have either two or four rails, up to four launchers), two M261s, and up to 76 Hydra 70 mm rockets (a standard pod can accommodate 7 or 19 Hydra rockets, up to four pods).



Every HELLFIRE missile can be replaced by one launcher of DAGR 70 mm missiles (four per one launcher, integration required). Weight of a fully loaded DAGR launcher is 86.2 kg. Range of a DAGR missile is 6 km if launched from a minimal flight ceiling or 12 km if launched from 6,000 metres. The MIL-STD-1760 interface provides flexibility for carrying multiple laser-guided rockets.



Other optional weapons include the GAU-19/A miniguns and the FN M3M 12,7x99 mm machine gun (integration required) with 600 rounds in a standard pod (300 rounds optional). Its effective range is 2,000 metres, while the rate of fire is 950-1100 rounds per minute (rate is regulated). Two GAU-10s have 2,800 rounds in total. Its rate of fire is 1,300 rounds per minute. According to the producer, the Black Hawk helicopter with two M134 guns, eight HELLFIRE missiles and 38 Hydra 70mm rockets, has a ceiling of 6,000m and a maximum speed of 315 km/h.



Black Hawk’s weapon system is integrated by a fire control system provided by Elbit. It is equipped with the MX-10D optoelectronic payload for tactical surveillance and target acquisition.



This is the first time the producer is able to offer a full weapons system on the Black Hawk Helicopter. The previous owner of Sikorsky, UTC, was unable to do so due to internal regulations on arms sale, while Lockheed Martin, a current owner of Sikorsky, is free from such constraints. It is believed that if an armed Black Hawk is selected by Poland, several systems – including missiles – would be replaced by Polish products. During the presentation in Kielce the producer presented a UKM-2000 7.62x51 mm machinegun from the Polish ZM Tarnów as a potential crew-served weapon.  


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