According to Poland’s Armament Agency, the first of these new vehicles is expected to be delivered to the Polish Armed Forces by 2025. The agreement also encompasses the development of production and maintenance infrastructure for the Polish defence industry.
In a statement, PGZ mentioned that this framework agreement will result in the delivery of several hundred modern heavy infantry fighting vehicles, offered in various configurations, including the utilization of the country’s ZSSW unmanned turret.
Beyond the vehicles themselves, a logistics and training package is also part of the expected delivery. The foundation for this work in progress will be the Krab chassis. The finer configuration details will be defined through executive contracts, said PGZ.
The Krab self-propelled howitzer, produced by Huta Stalowa Wola, shares the same chassis as the K9 artillery systems. HSW manufactures the chassis for Krab under a license and technology transfer arrangement facilitated by South Korean defence company Hanwha.
The primary role of the heavy infantry fighting vehicle will be to engage both armored and unarmored targets. It will neutralize and eliminate exposed firepower, enemy troops, as well as field shelters and fortifications in direct confrontation with the enemy, as stated by PGZ.
As for the vehicle’s specifications, PGZ noted that it will be capable of transporting a three-person crew and eight troops for landing. Moreover, it will offer fire support for the transported team across diverse weather conditions and during both day and night operations.
PGZ emphasized that the new heavy infantry fighting vehicle will boast a high degree of ballistic and mine protection, coupled with strong traction capabilities.