The Minister of Defense of Poland, Mariusz Blaszczak, informed that the Army took delivery of a batch of 17 Portable Patrol Robots (Robot Patrolowo Przenośny, RPP) from the Lukasiewicz – PIAP (Industrial Institute for Automatics and Measurements) Institute. Delivery package also included spare parts and repair sets.
Delivery of RPP robots was preceded by training of 26 operators, members of the service personnel and instructors. The training course was conducted at the premises of the Engineering and Chemical Defence Troops Training Centre in Wroclaw.
In all, under the terms of the agreement signed in November 2018 the Polish Army will receive 35 RPP robots. The first set was handed over in early 2020. Final batch of 17 robots should be delivered in 2021. The contract has a value of nearly 81 million Polish Zloty (€19 million) (The first RPP delivered to the Polish Army, 2020-03-03).
The RPP robot will support a number of missions, such as localization, identification and neutralization of improvised explosive devices (IED) or other hazardous loads and materials. RPPs will be delivered with a full mission set, which means that they will be equipped with sensors for visual reconnaissance of objects and items, mine and hazardous material detection devices, mass destruction weapon usage sensors and toxic chemicals usage sensors or explosives launcher for remote neutralization. Tracks and electric drive will allow RPP to operate both in urban and rugged terrain.