Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has concluded an agreement with the PIT-RADWAR company for the procurement of the Poprad VSHORAD systems. On the basis of the contract, the Army is going to procure 79 anti-aircraft systems of this type at a cost of 1,083 million PLN (€249 million—Ed).
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017 or 2018, and to b concluded in 2021. The Polish Army will receive 77 new systems, as well as two pre-production vehicles.
The contract was signed in presence of Bartosz Kownacki (MoD junior minister) and Ryszard Kardasz, President of the PIT-RADWAR company, is contained in an amount of PLN 1,083 billion. 25% of which will be paid from this year’s MoD budget in order to increase 2015 expenditure.
Poprad is a self-propelled anti-aircraft system, based on the AMZ-Kutno Żubr-P platform, and is armed with 4 Grom short range missiles, allowing the system to act against targets flying at altitudes of up to 3.5 kilometres and at ranges of up to 5.5 kilometres.
The vehicle carries four additional missiles, but they are stored in transport crates and not immediately available.
In future, the Poprad system will also be armed with the modernized Piorun missiles, offering extended range and fitted with a modified guidance system. The launchers are fitted with a central distribution system for the coolant that is used to lower the temperature of the IR guidance systems.
The combat module of the Poprad anti-aircraft system features an electro-optical sight equipped with visible spectrum and thermal vision cameras, coupled with a laser rangefinder. The device also utilizes the IFF IKZ-02 interrogator, also made by PIT-RADWAR company.
The system is capable of autonomously neutralizing airborne threats, meaning that it is able to carry out detection, identification and attacks on its own. Poprad also offers an option of acting as a part of an integrated air-defence system.
Poprad system has additionally been fitted with a fire-control system, and a system which allows the weapon to automatically track the targets, visually. Moreover, the vehicle is equipped with radio and wire communication suites. The crew includes 2 people, driver and operator. The system’s operator panel can be placed both inside the vehicle cabin and outside.
Poprad can work with Soła radars, offered as part of the Poprad suite, and can also utilize data provided by future radars of the Narew SHORAD or Wisła medium range systems. The operator has access to the radar imaging data received from the command vehicle. The image is presented besides the visual data provided by the optronic sensor.
Present plans call for three Poprad platoons to be integrated into the Army’s air defence units, while the remaining platforms are going to be distributed among the mechanized and armoured units.