Borsuk Badger amphibious tracked IFV HSW MSPO 2017 Poland

At MSPO 2017, the International Defense Industry Exhibition, the Polish Company HSW (Huta Stalowa Wola) unveils the "Borsuk", Badger in English, a new amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle to response to the new needs of Polish army and to replace old BWP-1, Polish-made version of the Soviet-made BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle..

Borsuk Badger amphibious IFV HSW MSPO 2017 defense exhibition Kielce Poland 925 001 New amphibious tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) "Borsuk", Badger in English at MSPO 2017, the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce Poland. 

The Badger is a new concept of amphibious tracked armoured vehicle fully designed and developed in Poland by the Company HSW. The vehicle will be able to cross all types water obstacles with high level of maneuverability. It has also the capacity to be used in various terrain and in all weather conditions.

According to the requirements of the Polish armed forces, the vehicle shall not weigh more than 25,000 kg. The layout of the vehicle is divided in three main compartments, the engine at the front with the driver position on the left, the turret in the middle and the troops compartment at the rear.

The agreement to start the project of the Badger was signed in 2014, and the first prototype of the vehicle was unveiled at MSPO 2017. According to the project director of HSW, the Badger will be ready for production at the end of 2019, and the first vehicles could be delivered to the Polish army in 2021 or 2022.

Borsuk Badger amphibious IFV HSW MSPO 2017 defense exhibition Kielce Poland 925 002

The Badger has the capacity to carried a total of 6 military personnel including driver and commander. In the water, the vehicle is propelled by two waterjets mounted at the rear of the hull.

The Badger is fitted with a Polish-made unmanned turret fully controlled and aimed by gunner from inside of the hull. The turret is armed with a 30mm Bushmaster automatic cannon and one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun mounted to the right side of the main armament. There is four smoke grenade dischargers located to the right side at the front of the turret.

The turret can be traversed through a full 360º with elevation from -9° to +60°. The cannon has a rate of fire 200 rounds per minute.

Second armament of the vehicle includes two launchers for the Israeli-made anti-tank guided missile Rafael Spike mounted to the right side of the turret.

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