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MSPO 2021: HSW unveils multipurpose tactical vehicle

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) subsidiary Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) will unveil a 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO being held in Kielce, Poland, on 7–10 September. The new platform, built in co-operation with Czech company Tatra Export, is classified as a medium wheeled armoured vehicle for a wide range of applications. Thanks to its modular design, the platform could also be developed in 6×6 or 8–8 configurations.

HSW unveiled a 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle, pictured with a ZSMU A5 RCWS,at MSPO 2021. (HSW)

HSW unveiled a 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle, pictured with a ZSMU A5 RCWS, at MSPO 2021. (HSW)

The new vehicle is suitable for reconnaissance, medical evacuation, and to establish command-and-control posts. HSW can also provide additional versions such as a special forces carrier, including for joint terminal attack controller missions, light tank destroyer, and chemical, biological, radiological, and reconnaissance vehicle.

HSW announced the development of the multipurpose tactical vehicle on 8 September 2020 during last year's MSPO. Some will be fitted for command and reconnaissance in Krab 155 mm self-propelled howitzer and 122 mm Langusta 122 mm multiple rocket launcher units.

The vehicle is designed to provide NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4569 Level 2-4 ballistic protection and STANAG 4569 Level 2a/2b and 3a/3b blast protection. It accommodates a two-strong crew plus six additional troops. The main armament is a ZSMU A5 remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) with a WKM-Bm 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and 7.62 mm UKM-2000C general-purpose machine gun. The ZSMU A5 will be delivered by the another PGZ subsidiary: Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów (ZMT).

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