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Poland accelerates UAV plans but must look abroad for assistance

8th February 2022 - 16:05 GMT | by Lukasz Prus in Warsaw

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Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak said the MoD plans to buy a few classes of UAVs in near future. (Photo: Polish MND)

Polish ambitions are clear as the country seeks to bolster its UAV capabilities, although help from foreign companies will be essential.

Defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak in late 2021 declared that Poland is ready to start acquiring new UAVs as a priority for the Polish Armed Forces. As a result, loitering munitions, tactical ISR UAVs and MALE-class UAVs are to be purchased.

News of the launch of these UAV acquisition programmes — named Gryf and Zefir — was met with enthusiasm in Poland, but the Polish defence industry is incapable of meeting all the requirements on its own, as was shown in the initial version of the Gryf programme.

Reconnaissance capabilities are paramount in Gryf and Zefir, with an optional combat function

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