Poland and UK sign agreement to develop new tank destroyer using Brimstone missile

According to information published on May 16, 2022, Nine companies of the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) have concluded an agreement with MBDA UK regarding cooperation in the tank destroyer segment. The agreement will allow for the design and production of wheeled or tracked combat vehicles with the use of MBDA UK Brimstone anti-tank guided missiles.
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Artist rendering of Brimstone anti-tank missile pod mounted on Polish-made tracked and wheeled armored vehicles. 

The document has been signed by representatives of PGZ and MBDA UK. It is a continuation of the agreement concluded in 2019 regarding the cooperation between PGZ and UK partners. The agreement is the basis for further cooperation on the Polish and foreign markets in the area of integration of the ATGMs with the elements of the tank destroyer squadron module indicated by the ordering party and the production of the Brimstone missile in PGZ facilities.

The Polish army has launched a program to acquire new tank destroyers based on armored vehicle platforms, in order to reinforce its anti-armor capabilities. Furthermore, the goal of this program is to replace obsolete combat vehicles that used the old Soviet-made 9P133 Malyutka anti-tank wire-guided missile system mounted on BMP-1 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) and BRDM-2 4x4 armored vehicles.

Under the OTTOKAR-BRZOZA program, the Polish Armed Forces plan to acquire a battery module of self-propelled tank destroyers, based on a modern platform, which will have the ability to destroy armored targets with the use of anti-tank guided missiles. In addition to the tank destroyers, the module will also include support and command vehicles.

The following companies have concluded the agreement: WZM S.A., WZU S.A., OBRUM sp. z o.o., Jelcz sp. z o.o., Rosomak S.A. as well as representatives of the PGZ-OTTOKAR consortium: PGZ S.A. (leader of the consortium), HSW S.A., MESKO S.A. and WZE S.A. The consortium is responsible for the development, production and delivery of tank destroyers, a new product in PGZ's offer.

Since 2019, MSPO has presented at the MSPO defense exhibition in Poland, solutions of an anti-tank launcher station mounted on tracked or wheeled armored vehicle using the Brimstone missile in surface-to-surface configuration. During the edition of MSPO, Polish company HSW SA in collaboration with MBDA presented a new project of the mobile anti-tank tracked armored vehicle based on a modified chassis BWP-1 IFV, a Polish version of the Soviet-made BMP-1.

The vehicle was equipped with the new generation 12 guide cassette long-range missile launcher programmable to perform precise missions with the "fire and forget" ability. The anti-tank vehicle uses the air-launched ground attack missile "Brimstone" developed by MBDA for Britain's Royal Air Force. It was originally intended for "fire-and-forget" use against mass formations of enemy armor, using a millimetric wave (mmW) active radar homing seeker to ensure accuracy even against moving targets. The land version of the Brimstone missile is able to reach a target at a range of up to 12 km.

In 2020, MBDA has presented a new concept of a mobile tank destroyer armored vehicle using Brimstone anti-tank missile that could be mounted on Polish-made BWP-1 tracked armored or the Polish Rosomak and Zubr wheeled armored vehicles.