According to the Polish Armament Agency, this delivery was concluded under the agreement for a total of 40 Rak 120mm self-propelled mortars and 20 artillery command vehicles signed in May 2020. This agreement is valued at PLN 703 million (approximately EUR 150 million).
The consortium responsible for the production of these vehicles consists of two prominent Polish defence companies: Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) and Rosomak, both subsidiaries of the Polish state-owned defence holding Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ).
The contract is expected to be concluded by 2024, as stated by the Polish Armament Agency. However, the contract signed in 2020 is the third agreement for 120mm Rak self-propelled howitzers signed by the Polish defence industry. The first one, covering a total of 64 mortars, was signed in 2016, while the second, covering 16 mortars, was signed in 2019. Deliveries were concluded in 2019 and 2021, respectively.
The Rak 120mm self-propelled howitzer is a combat-proven weapon system developed by the Polish defence industry. After February 24, 2022, Poland transferred an undisclosed number of Rak mortars to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to reports from the frontline of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Polish mortars demonstrated high efficiency during combat operations.