Oto Melara SpA has won an order worth around EUR40 Million from the Polish company Zakłady Mechaniczne “Bumar-Łabędy” SA (part of Poland´s Grupa BUMAR sp. z o.o.) to supply a further 53 kits for the local production of HITFIST 30P manned weapon stations.

The weapon stations are to be installed on the infantry fighting configuration of Polish Army Patria Land & Armament Oy XC-360 AMV (Armoured Modular Vehicle) based ROSOMAK KTO (Kołowy Transporter Opancerzony) 8×8 armoured vehicles being locally produced by Wojskowe Zakłady Mechaniczne SA.

2300 Kg HITFIST weapon system procured by Poland is armed with a ATK BUSHMASTER MK44 30mm, a ZM Tarnow UKM-2000C 7.62mm light machine gun, six 81mm grenade launchers and equipped with a Kollsman Inc DNRS-288 day/night sight, Galileo Galileo SpA TILDE FC thermal imager, Przemysłowe Centrum Optyki SA SSP-1 OBRA-3 laser warning system, WB Electronics SA FONET digital intercom system, Pimco Sp. z.o.o. CHERDES NBC agents detection system and Przemysłowe Centrum Optyki SA POD-72 Radomka passive surveillance system.

This new order brings the number of HITFIST 30P turrets built under license in Poland to 365.

The turrets have provisions for the installation of two Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd SPIKE LR anti-tank guided-missile launchers.

Poland has procured in April 2003 a total of 690 Rosomak KTO vehicles in various variants. Polish vehicles are powered by a Scania D1 12 56A03 PE engine which is coupled to a ZF Friedrichshafen AG 7HP 902S Ecomat transmission.

Some vehicles deployed to Afghanistan received new systems including 01dB-Metravib PILARw gunshot detection system and QinetiQ North America RPGNet slat armour.

RPGNet system has been installed on the 10 French Army Nexter Systems VBCI (Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie) VCI wheeled infantry fighting vehicles in service in Afganistan.

HITFIST is available in a remotely controled configuration called HITFIST OWS.

(Janusz Walczak).(Janusz Walczak).(Janusz Walczak).

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