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Poland signs biggest UAS deal in its history

The Gladius that is the subject of Poland's largest deal for unmanned aircraft. (Polish MND)

The Polish Armaments Agency has signed a PLN2 billion (USD450 million) contract on the strike-reconnaissance unmanned aircraft system (UAS), dubbed Gladius.

The deal was signed on 6 May by the Armaments Agency Chief Col Artur Kuptel and WB Group's president Piotr Wojciechowski.

“Gladius is a complex strike-reconnaissance [system] developed,” Wojciechowski said during the ceremony.

WB Group is to deliver four strike-reconnaissance UAS battery modules with training, service, and logistics packages, including a simulator centre and trainers. Janes understands hundreds of Gladius systems are to be ordered.

The system contains reconnaissance and strike platforms, mobile launchers, and command, supply, and service vehicles. Deliveries of the first Gladius components are expected by the end of 2022.

“[The] Polish Army will be provided with the advanced product developed by the Polish engineers and manufactured in the WB Group facilities in co-operation with other Polish companies (including HSW and Jelcz among others),” added Wojciechowski.

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