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Additional Rak mortars for the Polish Army

The agreement between the Armament Inspectorate, which acts on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Defense (MoD) and a consortium of Polish defense companies was signed today at the premises of the 15th Mechanized Brigade.

The Polish MoD signed a contract for delivery of additional 120-mm Rak mortar systems and command post vehicles / Photo by: PGZ

The deal covers delivery of 40 120-mm Rak mortar systems and 20 command post vehicles (AWD) manufactured by Huta Stalowa Wola and Rosomak SA, subsidiaries of the Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ). Deliveries should commence in 2022 and run through to 2024. The agreement has a value of 703 million Polish Zloty (€155 million).

The number of additional Rak mortar systems and command post vehicles is an equivalent of five artillery companies. Each unit consists of 8 Rak mortars and four AWDs, as well as 2 artillery reconnaissance vehicles (AWR), 3 ammunition supply vehicles 8x8 (AWA), a mobile workshop 6x6 (AWRU) and a support vehicle 6x6 (WZ).

‘Modernization of the Polish Armed Forces relates to procurement of modern combat systems. Rak [mortar – MILMAG] is one of the most technically advanced self-propelled mortar systems in the World, designed by Polish engineers’ said Andrzej Kensbok, President of the Management Board of PGZ.

Polish Army currently operates 64 Rak mortar systems and 32 AWDs, which were ordered in 2016. The second agreement, covering delivery of additional 16 Rak mortars and 8 AWDs, was signed last year.

‘Agreement for delivery of additional Rak mortar systems is a confirmation of high quality of weapon systems manufactured by PGZ. The initial order was finalized without any delays. We’re currently engaged in finalization of the 2nd agreement [for Rak mortars – MILMAG], signed in 2019’ said Bartłomiej Zając, President of the Management Board of Huta Stalowa Wola.

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