BORSUK (BADGER) amphibious AIFV for the Polish Army
At MSPO 2017, Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) in cooperation with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) presented a model (‘pre-prototype’) of the BORSUK (BADGER) amphibious AIFV for the Polish Army. It was the first public presentation of this vehicle.
It is planned that the BORSUK will be able to cross water obstacles, will have high maneuverability and will be used in various terrain and weather condition. BORSUK is planned to become a standard tracked vehicle of all Polish mechanized units. This vehicle is under development under the contract with the National Research and Development Center.
This is one of the most important modernization efforts in Poland – its main goal is to acquire a modern replacement for the aging BMP-1s that Poland has in operational service (roughly 1,000). The first vehicle is to be ready this autumn. It will be used during field trials which will be held by HSW. It was revealed during MSPO 2017 that during the first phase, the vehicle’s traction and amphibious capabilities will be tested. Further tests will focus on mine and ballistic protection. All research works are planned to be ended by June 2020. According to current plans, the BORSUK’s production could be launched in 2021.
BORSUK is equipped with the ZSSW-30 RCWS integrated with the 30mm automatic cannon and 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun. It has two double launchers of Rafael‘s SPIKE ATGMs. The declared angle of fire is 360o (horizontal) and -9o and +60o (vertical), while rate of fire is 200 rounds per minute (120 rounds per minute for ABM ammunition). The ZSSW-30 RCWS is being developed by the consortium led by HSW. It is expected that the BORSUK will be equipped with the active protection. Such system would be imported from a foreign supplier, such as IMI or Rafael. Additional parameters, such as planned mine and ballistic protection, have not been revealed. It is assumed that the BORSUK’s weight in an amphibious configuration will be somewhere between 24-25 tons.