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September 6, 2022

Poland to procure 48 more Krab howitzers to modernise army

Huta Stalowa Wola will deliver the howitzers and 36 accompanying vehicles between 2025 and 2027.

The Polish Ministry of National Defence has approved a contract to procure 48 more Krab self-propelled howitzers and 36 accompanying cars for its Army’s Regina fire modules.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak confirmed this in the presence of President Andrzej Duda at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO in Kielce.

The ministry’s Armaments Agency signed a contract worth $797.09m (zl3.81bn) with Huta Stalowa Wola in this regard.

The howitzers, 22 command vehicles, 12 ammunition support vehicles, and two mobile workshops for weapons repair are scheduled to be delivered between 2025 and 2027, according to Armaments Agency spokesman Krzysztof Płatek.

The KRAB self-propelled howitzer has a maximum length of 12m, a width of 3.5m, and a shipment height of 3.4m.

The vehicle’s maximum height with an AA machine gun is 3.8m. It can accommodate self-entrenching blades, a fire suppression system, and a laser warning system.

Krab’s all-welded steel hull offers protection from small arms fire and shell splinters.

In a statement, Błaszczak said the latest deal is the second contract while the first one was concluded in 2016.

The Minister said: “It is important that we are consistently increasing the defence capabilities of the Republic of Poland by developing both the numerical strength of the Polish Army and equipping the Polish Army with modern equipment.

“I always emphasise that whenever we can, we order military equipment in the Polish arms industry. This is the case with Krabs. This is the case with cannon-howitzers that proved themselves during the war.

“They are an important weapon in the hands of Ukrainians, they are an effective weapon in the defence of Ukraine.”

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