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Poland’s Borsuk IFV awaits production contract

25th June 2024 - 16:15 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in Paris


The Polish Borsuk IFV fitted with a ZSSW-30 turret armed with a 30mm cannon, 7.62mm MG and ATGW. (Photo: Christopher F. Foss)

Poland showcased its latest Borsuk infantry fighting vehicle at Eurosatory in Paris, highlighting its domestically funded development, advanced weaponry and planned production of 1,400 units to replace Soviet-era models.

Poland’s latest Borsuk (Badger) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) was shown for the first time outside of its home country during last week’s Eurosatory in Paris.

According to Polish defence contractor Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW), the programme to develop the latest Borsuk model has been funded by the Polish National Centre for Research and Development, with five prototypes completed so far. All prototypes have already been put though extensive troop trials.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, the Next-Generation Amphibious IFV (NBPWP) Borsuk tracked IFV was developed by a consortium led by HSW. The vehicle was designed to meet a Polish Army requirement for a new tracked IFV platform to replace the legacy Soviet BMP-1 IFV.

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For the vehicle on display at Eurosatory, a “framework” contract has already been in place which calls for the delivery of 1,400 vehicles in tranches and in a number of variants. These would eventually replace the BMP-2 IFV currently deployed.

The Borsuk has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 28 tonnes and is powered in the water by two water jets positioned one either side at the rear of the hull.

The powerpack has been fitted at the front right and consists of an MTU diesel coupled to an Allison automatic. The example shown at Eurosatory was fitted with composite rubber tracks, as well as an HSW ZSSW-30 turret armed with a stabilised Northrop Grumman 30mm MK44S dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

The displayed vehicle featured a pod of two anti-tank guided weapons on the right side of the turret to engage targets at a longer range.

The commander and gunner both have stabilised day/thermal sights incorporating a laser-range finder and could, therefore, undertake hunter/killer target engagements.

There were two banks of four electrically operated smoke grenade launchers coupled to laser detectors mounted around the turret.

Standard equipment would include a fire detection/suppression system, NBC system and an auxiliary power unit (APU) allowing all of the main sub-systems to run with the main engine switched off.

Poland has become self-sufficient in the production of many systems including the Rosomak (8x8) APC based on the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and the Crab 155mm/52 cal self-propelled artillery system.

Shephard's Eurosatory 2024 coverage is sponsored by:

BAE Systems

NBPWP Borsuk (Poland)

Heavy IFV (Poland)



NBPWP Borsuk

Christopher F Foss


Christopher F Foss

Christopher F Foss is an internationally recognised authority on armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and other weapon systems, …

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