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HSW from Poland to finalize trials of its unmanned turret ZSSW-30 armed with Spike missiles.

| 2021

According to information published by PGZ, the Polish Armaments Group, the development of the new unmanned weapon station ZSSW-30 developed by the Polish company Huta Stalowa Wola S.A and armed with Spike-LR Anti-Tank Guided Missile will be finalized for June 2021 and will be integrated on the Rosomak 8x8 armored vehicle.
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Company HSW from Poland has conducted trials with its unmanned weapon station ZSSW-30 including the firing of Spike-LR Anti-tank Guided Missile. (Picture source HSW)

Recently, the Polish Company Huta Stalowa Wola S.A (HSW) has conducted trial tests with its remotely operated weapon station (RWS) ZSSW-30 mounted on a Rosomak APC 8x8 armored personnel carrier vehicle.

The Rosomak is an 8x8 armored vehicle produced in Poland by Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne now Rosomak S.A. The vehicle is based on the AMV 8x8 armored vehicle designed by the Finnish company Patria. In December 2002, the Polish Ministry of National Defense signed a contract to buy 690 Patria AMV vehicles, that will be manufactured in Poland. The first vehicles entered into service with the Polish army in 2004. The Rosmak is fully amphibious and is propelled in the water at a maximum speed of 10 km/h thanks to two propellers mounted at the rear of the hull. 

The ZSSW-30 RWS is armed with one 30mm ATK-44 chain gun, a 7.62mm caliber UKM-2000C coaxial machine gun, and two Spike-LR ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) launchers stored in a container which is mounted on the right side of the turret. The turret is also equipped with a PCO GOC-1 Nike optronic system that includes thermal vision sight, a laser range finder, and an external light sensor.

HSW has already conducted trials of the turret including firing tests with the Spike-LR Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM). With the missile, the vehicle will have increased firepower and will able to destroy land targets as main battle tanks. The Spike is a fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charge HEAT warhead developed by the Israeli company Rafael. The LR is the long-range version of the missile that can reach a target at a maximum range of 4,000 m.

Currently, the Polish army uses the Rosomak wheeled IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) fitted with the Italian Oto Melara two-man turret HITFIST-30P, produced under license in Poland by the company Bumar. The turret is armed with one ATK Mk 44 Bushmaster 30 mm automatic cannon and one 7.62mm coaxial machine UKM-2000C, a modernized version of the Polish-made UKM-2000, a 7.62×51mm NATO general-purpose machine gun designed and manufactured by Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów in Tarnów.

With the use of the new unmanned turret ZSSW-30, the Rosomak IFV armored vehicle will offer more survivability for the crew and as well as more firepower with the anti-tank guided missiles.

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