The Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ) informed that one of its subsidiaries, the Warsaw based Pit-Radwar company, delivered the full batch of Poprad very short range (VSHORAD) anti-aircraft missile systems provisioned for the Polish Army in 2020. The final Poprad system was handed over in the end of November.
In total, the Polish Army took delivery of 24 Poprad AA systems in 2020, including 22 serial production sets and two prototype vehicles, which will be adjusted to the required standard. Poprad systems were delivered to the 15th Giżycko Mechanized Brigade, 17th Mechanized Brigade and the 19th Lublin Mechanized Brigade as well as to the Air Force Training Center in Koszalin (More Poprad anti-aircraft missile systems for Poland, 2020-06-24).
‘Delivery of 24 Poprad VSHORAD systems is an important stage in the technical modernization of the Polish Armed Forces’ said Hubert Stępniewicz, Member of the Board of PGZ.
‘Poprad AA systems, along with other products offered by Pit-Radwar, thanks to its open and scalable architecture, have a big modernization and modification potential’ said Krzysztof Kluza (PhD), the President of Pit-Radwar.
Under the terms of the agreement signed in 2015 with system’s manufacturer, the Warsaw-based company Pit-Radwar, which is a subsidiary of the Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ), by the end of 2021 the Polish Army will receive 79 Poprad systems, including two aforementioned prototype vehicles.
The Poprad self-propelled anti-aircraft missile system is intended for fighting low and medium altitude air targets with use of heat-seeking missiles. Its basic functions are accomplished by a tracking-aiming observation system, fitted with a number of electrooptical sensors (thermal camera and laser range-finder).
The system also consists of a quadruple launcher of Grom heat-seeking missiles from Mesko, another subsidiary of PGZ. Poprad uses a fire guiding computer and a navigation and orientation system.
Target acquisition is based on digital data radio-link from the automated air defense command and control system or is worked-out autonomously. The missile launching system is mounted on the Żubr-P all-terrain, armoured vehicle manufactured by the local company AMZ Kutno.