WARSAW, ($1 = 4.20 Polish zlotys) – The Polish Armed Forces acquired the PSRA Pilica Very Short Range [VSHORAD] air defense system, which includes a ZUR-23-2SP 23mm automatic artillery system, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the Polish online portal, the artillery battery is the second in a row acquired by the Polish army. The first, which is the prototype of the system, was put into service with the 37th Missile Squadron for Air Defense, based in Sohachev. The second battery delivered today is for the Polish Army’s 35th Air Defense Missile Squadron.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the Polish government ordered a total of six PSRA Pilica VSHORAD batteries almost six years ago . At the time, a contract between the manufacturer PGZ-PILICA and the Polish government was signed for a total of 180 million dollars for the six batteries.
What is PSRA Pilica VSHORAD?
A PSRA Pilica VSHORAD battery consists of six ZUR-23-2SP 23 mm automatic artillery systems, MAN-Portable Air Defense Systems GROM / PIORUN MANPADS [MAN-Portable Air Defense Systems] surface-to-air missile, a command vehicle, six towing vehicles, two trucks with ammunition, two trucks for transporting soldiers, a Sola radar system, a visual surveillance post, cable and wireless communication.
The ZUR-23 is typically a Soviet 23×152mm towed twin-barrel anti-aircraft automatic gun of the Cold War era. It was developed in the 1960s and has been in service ever since. The Polish defense industry is allowed to produce these weapons, as well as to modify and modify them according to their needs. That is why the last PSRA Pilica VSHORAD with the weapon is ZUR 23-2SP Jodek-SP – the Polish version of the weapon.
The PSRA Pilica VSHORAD is designed to resist aerial targets flying at medium or low altitude. These can be helicopters or drones, as well as certain types of missiles. With the 23 mm PSRA Pilica VSHORAD artillery gun has a range between 1,000 and 2,000 meters, while with GROM / PIORUN MANPADS the range of the system is up to 5,500 meters.
Polish experts claim that one PSRA Pilica VSHORAD battery protects an area of 350 square meters at 360 degrees. The ZUR 23-2SP Jodek-SP is actually armed with a 23mm double-barreled automatic gun. The missiles used by the system weigh just over 10 kg and incorporate HE warhead fragmentation.
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