Poland has approved a contract for the purchase of mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under the country’s Wizjer program.
The Wizjer program was supposed to identify drones for the military in 2016, but was delayed. The delivery of the systems is now expected to take place between 2024 and 2027.
Polish companies Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze will deliver a total of 25 packages with four aerial platforms each, for a total of 100 flying machines.
The contract is expected to cost 174 million Polish zloty ($ 42.89 million).
Fighting the “Belarusian threat”
Referring to the situation on the border with Belarus, the Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said drones would improve the country’s ability to meet this challenge.
Reports suggest that drones are being used on both sides of the Polish-Belarusian border.
“We are also dealing with the use of drones by the Belarusian side”, Defense brief cited Błaszczak as told. “Drones are used for reconnaissance, then Belarusian service officers destroy the temporary fence to clear the way for migrants on the Polish side.”
UAV systems are developed for versatile roles, including detection, identification, recognition and indication of coordinates of objects. It will have a flight time of over three hours and a payload capacity of 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds).
The air vehicles will go to the ground forces battalions, where the soldiers will use them to observe the area within a radius of up to 35 kilometers (21.7 miles).
Drones can take off automatically using a launch tube and land using a parachute and airbag.