The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) has disclosed details to Jane’s regarding the future of its Rosomak Battle Management System (BMS) programme, which is an effort aimed at enhancing the command and control (C2) capabilities of the Polish Land Forces’ 8x8 KTO Rosomak armoured vehicles.
Speaking to Jane’s at the Armaments Inspectorate headquarters in Warsaw on 1 February, programme manager Colonel Robert Kucięba described how the MND was still involved in negotiations with systems integrator Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) to finalise a contract.
Despite negotiations beginning 12 months ago, Kucięba told Jane’s that discussions remained on track to secure a contract in the first quarter of 2018.
Once signed, a PGZ-led consortium of Polish industry partners would deliver components for the upgrade of 16 technology demonstrator platforms within 14 months. These vehicles would then be put forward for trials and evaluation, including technical documentation and field tests.
A second phase, comprising a further 12 months, would equip an additional 44 vehicles. This would be followed by a third phase of 24 months in duration, with the integration of BMS technology into a final tranche of 250 vehicles. However, deadlines are subject to change depending upon negotiations.
Beyond this, Kucięba explained that the MND would consider the upgrade of all remaining vehicles belonging to the land force’s mechanised battalions, logistics, and support units. The Polish MND currently has a total of 877 platforms in service that could be fitted with the BMS.
According to MND documents, the Rosomak BMS would allow land force elements to “conduct training activities at tactical and operational levels, including [support of] troop structure and conduct of operations in various theatres with national, allied, and coalition [interoperability]”.
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