Poland's HSW, Czech Republic's Tatra to co-produce light 4x4 vehicles for Polish Army

The vehicle is intended to be the base platform for a wide variety of specialized variants. It is envisaged initially as a battery or platoon level command vehicle for multiple rocket launchers and self-propelled howitzers 

An artist's impression of the armored vehicle. Image: HSW

The Monch website reported that on the first day of the MSPO 2020 defense industry exhibition in Kielce, Poland, Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW), a company of the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) Group, signed an agreement with Czech firm Tatra Export to design and develop a light 4x4 vehicle. The agreement allows for domestic production in Poland. HSW will act as project leader.

HSW indicated that the vehicle will be offered to the Polish Armed Forces in several tenders and that it is intended to be the base platform for a wide variety of specialized variants. The initial principal role envisaged is that of battery/platoon level command vehicle for LANGUSTA multiple rocket launchers and KRYL self-propelled howitzers. Revealing that a prototype vehicle will be presented at MSPO 2021, the companies also stated that the vehicle could be offered to third parties.

The two companies are also collaborating in Poland’s PEGAZ program, which aims to procure multi-role vehicles for the nation’s Special Forces. HSW also announced that it expects to sign an agreement with BAE Systems in the near future. This will enable HSW to offer its KRAB 155mm self-propelled howitzer to foreign customers, as BAE Systems supplies HSW with the KRAB turret and will henceforth include the Polish company in its global supply chain.

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