- Polish Armed Forces to acquire 1300 Piorun/Grom-M systems by 2022
- Additional systems to be purchased for qualification and acceptance trials
Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has signed a six-year PLN932.2 million (USD232.7 million) contract with Mesko (part of PGZ, the Polish Armaments Group) to acquire the new PPZR ‘Piorun’ (manufacturers designator: ‘Grom Modernizowany’- Grom-M-) man-portable air defence system (MANPADS).
The contract, which runs from 2017 to 2022, provides for 1,300 new PPZR Piorun MANPADS launchers and missiles, and 420 fire control units (FCUs), GR-D day sights, and CTP-1 thermal sights. An initial batch of 150 Piorun MANPADS and 40 FCUs are scheduled to be handed over to the Polish Armed Forces by the end of 2017; these will be followed by annual increments to a final annual production rate of 250 missiles and 80 FCUs from 2019 to 2022.