Poland to acquire 1,300 Piorun MANPADS

Poland to acquire 1,300 Piorun MANPADS

The Polish Ministry of Defense has ordered 1,300 Piorun shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS) from Polish arms manufacturer Mesko.

The contract, that was signed on Tuesday with the state-run company, will total 211 million Euros.

Poland’s Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz stated that the new missiles would go to the country’s new Territorial Defence Force to be created at the beginning of next year.

Piorun is a modernized version of the GROM MANPAD, which is also designed and manufactured by Mesko. The latter is based on the Soviet-made 9K38 Igla (SA-18 Grail).

One of the unique feature of the new MANPADS is the utilization of a new day/night optical sight mounted on top of the tube launcher.

The range has also increased by 500 meters to 6 km.

A total of 1,300 missiles and 420 missile launchers will be acquired.