Land Forces

Troops of the Polish Artillery Units Receive Krab SPH and Rak Mortar Training

  • Image Credit: M.Rachwalska/
    Image Credit: M.Rachwalska/
  • Fot. szer. Paweł Bednarczyk / 1WBPanc.
    Fot. szer. Paweł Bednarczyk / 1WBPanc.

Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. has organized a specialized training programme, concerning the use of the “Krab” SPH and “Rak” “Company Fire Module”.

During the period between 8th and 26th May, specialist training programme has been organized, concerning the operation of the “Krab” SPH and “Rak” Company-Level Fire Module. The training prepared by the HSW S.A. company involved the users: soldiers hailing from the artillery units; as well as military instructors. The course ended up with an exam. The soldiers have received relevant certificates, confirming the fact that they have obtained the skills, along with congratulations from the HSW S.A management.

Regina” programme, concerning the “Krab” SPH, assumes that four 24-vehicle squadrons would be acquired, and it is already underway. The first stage of the programme assumes that 24 SPHs would be delivered. The first K9 chassis SPHs have been already handed off to the Army last year. The agreement concerning the procurement of another four squadron-sized units has been signed in December 2016. As a result of the above contract, the Polish Armed Forces are to receive, in total, 120 modern 155 mm self-propelled howitzers. 

The contract, referring to procurement of the equipment for 8 company-sized units using the Rak mortar, was signed at the HSW facility on 28th April 2016, in presence of the Polish Prime Minister, Beata Szydło. HSW S.A. and Rosomak S.A. companies form a consortium which is the Party who acts as the contractor, within the scope of the said contract. The above agreement covers procurement of 64 mortars and 32 artillery command vehicles, and it is expected to be finalized and implemented within the period between 2017 and 2019.

Both of the aforesaid components are based on the same carrier, which leads to simplification of any maintenance or logistical issues that could potentially emerge within the units operating the new equipment. These units, at the same time, are also utilizing wheeled Rosomak APCs, which constitute the base for the new mortar system.