Beim Kurzstrecken-Fliegerabwehrsystem Piorun (MANPADS), für das das polnische Verteidigungsministerium am 21. Dezember 2016 einen Vertrag über fast 1 Mrd. PLN abgeschlossen hat (1300 Lenkflugkörper + 420 Starteinheiten) und für das erste Systeme schon 2017 geliefert hätten werden sollen, gibt es Verzögerungen. Nach Feldversuchen des Systems informierte der Hersteller das polnische Rüstungsinspektorat, dass bei einer Komponente Fehler aufgetreten waren. MESKO entwickelte eine Lösung, die von März bis Juni 2018 erprobt wurde. Deshalb musste die Lieferung des ersten Loses von 150 Lenkflugkörpern und 40 Startvorrichtungen verschoben werden. Die Firma hat sich aber dazu verpflichtet, den Auftrag bis 2022 abzuschließen.
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Poprad SHORAD Delivered to the Polish Army
“The first systems have been received by the air defence units of the land forces and educational elements [units that provide training]” - General Mordacz stressed.
The Agreement concerning the acquisition of the self-propelled Poprad anti-aircraft systems was signed back in December 2015, by and between the Armament Inspectorate and the manufacturer of the systems - the PIT-RADWAR company. Value of the agreement has been set at the level of PLN 1.083 billion. It includes delivery of 77 new anti-aircraft systems and customization of 2 systems of the trial batch.
It has been assumed that the anti-aircraft systems would be delivered between 2018 and 2021, and the deliveries are proceeding in line with the schedule. Back in June, head of the MoD, Mariusz Błaszczak, noted that 36 Poprad systems would be received by the military by the end of 2019.
The first units equipped with Poprads have already reached the initial combat readiness status, however, further training is required to obtain full capability. The systems need to be integrated with other elements of the battlespace. General Stefan Mordacz noted: “Considering the fact that the crew training is conducted at a basic level during the handing off of these systems for use in the units, and assuming that we are in possession of required quantity of missiles, we may say that the first elements that received the POPRAD systems have already attained initial combat readiness. However, one should note that FOC status would be achieved in line with the training programmes, once the whole reconnaissance, strike and command systems are integrated, following the squadron-level training stage.”
https://www.defence24.com/poprad-shorad ... olish-armyThe information available suggests that Poprads would be received by anti-aircraft regiments of the squadrons of the Land Forces, and by anti-aircraft squadrons of selected brigades of the Polish military, primarily ones operating the Rosomak APC.