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    Poland Strengthens Its Defense with Acquisition of Baobab-K Scattered Mine Laying Vehicles

    In a significant move to bolster its defense capabilities, Poland’s defense minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, officially signed purchase contracts for 24 Baobab-K scattered mine laying vehicles, along with a supply of mines. The signing ceremony took place in Stalowa Wola, located in the southern region of Poland. Błaszczak emphasized that the acquisition of these Polish-produced Baobabs and mines will be completed between this year and 2026.

    The defense minister highlighted that this purchase marks a crucial step in the ongoing modernization efforts of the Polish army. “The Polish Armed Forces are gaining strength due to increased recruitment and access to state-of-the-art weaponry,” Błaszczak declared, emphasizing the importance of staying ahead in the realm of military technology.

    Sebastian Chwałek, the CEO of the Polish Arms Group (PGZ), which oversees the production of the Baobabs, expressed his satisfaction with the vehicles, noting that they have attracted interest from other NATO armies. This recognition serves as a testament to the quality and capabilities of the Baobab-K scattered mine laying vehicles.

    The Baobab-K is manufactured by a consortium of PGZ-grouped companies, with the Stalowa Wola Steelmill leading the project. This two-man vehicle is specifically designed for laying anti-tank minefields. With a capacity to carry 600 mines, the Baobab-K boasts a laying speed ranging from 5 to 25 km/h. Additionally, it possesses the ability to create a self-generated digital map of the terrain to effectively lay minefields, which can extend up to 1,800 meters in length and 180 meters in width.

    Poland’s investment in the Baobab-K scattered mine laying vehicles and the accompanying mines reflects its dedication to enhancing national defense and ensuring the readiness of its armed forces. With this acquisition, Poland takes another stride forward in reinforcing its military capabilities and safeguarding its national security.

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