The Polish government has allocated PLN 850 million (approximately EUR 185 million) for the production of self-propelled howitzers at the Bumar-Labedy plant in Gliwice, southern Poland. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced during his visit to the 31st International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce.
The Krab, a formidable self-propelled tracked howitzer, has played a vital role in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and is a cornerstone of the Polish artillery. This substantial investment is expected to further enhance Poland’s defence capabilities and solidify its position as a prominent player in the global arms industry.
“We have signed a very important agreement with the President of the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), Sebastian Chwalek,” Prime Minister Morawiecki declared enthusiastically. “The government of the Republic of Poland is transferring PLN 850 million to the Bumar-Labedy company in Gliwice, and these funds will be dedicated to equipping new production facilities specifically designed for the manufacturing of approximately 50 Krab self-propelled howitzers.”
The decision to invest in the production of Krab self-propelled howitzers is not only a testament to Poland’s commitment to strengthening its military capabilities but also reflects Krab’s exceptional performance and reliability on the battlefield.
“The Krab is a precise weapon, well-proven on the front line in Ukraine, made in Poland in cooperation with many manufacturers around the world,” Prime Minister Morawiecki emphasized. This assertion underscores the Krab’s significance not only as a domestically produced military asset but also as a globally recognized and reliable defence system.
The 155 mm Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer boasts a 52-caliber long gun, making it a formidable piece of artillery with precision and firepower. Currently, Krabs are being produced at a PGZ factory located in the southeastern city of Stalowa Wola.
This investment marks a crucial step towards modernizing Poland’s defence industry, ensuring self-sufficiency in military production, and contributing to regional stability. Furthermore, it underlines Poland’s commitment to supporting its armed forces and enhancing their capabilities in a rapidly evolving global security landscape.