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07 September 2016

MSPO 2016: Various ROSOMAK Vehicles Presented

During MSPO 2016 in Kielce, Poland, Rosomak SA presented several special variants of its ROSOMAK wheeled infantry armoured personal carrier (APC), used by the Polish Army. It includes the technical reconnaissance version (WRT - Wóz Rozpoznania Technicznego), which is tasked with medical and technical support, field repairs and technical diagnosis of ROSOMAK vehicles.

Poland will procure 33 ROSOMAK WRT vehicles. (Photos: Robert Czulda)

WRT is equipped with a 1t crane known as HIAB. WRT can be equipped with a remote-controlled weapon station known as ZSMU-127 KOBUZ with a UKM-2000C 7.62mm machinegun. During MSPO 2016, it was confirmed that a full production is planned to start this year and will last until 2018. Overall, Poland will procure 33 ROSOMAK WRT vehicles. WRT variant made its MSPO debut in 2011.

ROSOMAK WRT technical reconnaissance vehicle.

PGZ also promoted two R variants: Command reconnaissance vehicle (R-1) and universal reconnaissance vehicle (R-2). Both were designed on a standard version armed with a 30 mm gun.

PGZ ROSOMAK universal reconnaissance vehicle (R-2)

Despite additional equipment, the R version is still an amphibious vehicle able to independently cross water obstacles. A standard section for troops was removed and replaced with a special section for two operators and additional equipment, including a 4m long telescopic risen mast with a FLIR sensor on top of it. It is equipped with a TV and thermal cameras, laser range finder and laser target indicator. The R variant is able to detect targets from a distance of up to 20 km. In the case of a moving column of several vehicles, the ROSOMAK R-1 can detect it from a range of approximately 40km thanks to the Aselsan ACAR Ground Surveillance Radar. It can be easily removed and placed on a tripod. The R-2 variant does not have a mast.

The ROSOMAK R-1 can detect it from a range of approximately 40km thanks to the Aselsan ACAR Ground Surveillance Radar. It can be easily removed and placed on a tripod.
ROSOMAK R-1

During MSPO 2016 it was confirmed that design works on the R variants are planned to be ended in the first quarter of 2017. By the end of 2020 the Polish Army is to receive 16 R-1s and 34 R-2s, and later special variants, equipped with the ZSSW-30 remotely controlled weapon station. A standard version of the ZSSW-30, planned mainly for the ROSOMAK infantry carrier, has the Orbital-ATK Mk44 BUSHMASTER II 30mm cannon with a co-axial UKM-2000C 7,62mm gun, two Rafael SPIKE-LR anti-tank missiles (installed on a right side) and SSP-1 OBRA-3 Laser Warning System.

Robert Czulda