Specialised Variant Featuring EO and Radar Sensors
Rosomak SA unveiled an artillery reconnaissance variant of its eponymous wheeled armoured vehicle during MSPO 2021 in Poland this week.
The ROSOMAK AWR [Artyleryjski Wóz Rozpoznawczy] is a specialized variant of the ROSOMAK family, produced in Poland under license from Finland’s Patria. The variant was designed to provide ground optoelectronic reconnaissance and support to the RAK 120mm self-propelled mortars (a wheeled variant is also based on the ROSOMAK’s chassis) and other artillery units, such as the KRAB 155mm howitzers, WR-40 rocket launchers and DANA 152mm howitzers. It can be also tasked with reconnaissance of terrain and enemy forces.
AWR features two systems: an on-board observation and reconnaissance set (PZOR – Pokładowy Zestaw Obserwacyjno-Rozpoznawczy), composed of a battlefield radar (SRC’s SR HAWK) and an opto-electronic head (Flir’s TacFlir 280-HD) mounted on a 4m mast; and a portable surveillance and reconnaissance set (WZOR – Wynośny Zestaw Obserwacyjno-Rozpoznawczy), composed of the Safran Vectronix’s GonioLight V-Ti device for detection, recognition,identification and acquisition of targets, JIM LR binoculars and Vector laser rangefinder. AWR has three working stations for commander, opto-electronics operator and radar operator.
This variant is armed with a 7.62mm machinegun mounted in an RCWS and is equipped with smoke-grenade launchers. Maximum speed of the 24t vehicle is 100km/h, with an approx. 500km range. According to the manufacturer, the AWR can detect a tank-sized vehicle from a distance of 32km and smaller vehicles from 21km, while human-sized targets can be detected at 12 kilometres. Smaller vehicles can be detected from a distance of 21 km.
Robert Czulda reporting from MSPO for MON