HSW to deliver new Borsuk tracked armored IFV to Polish army by 2023


According to an interview with Bartłomiej Zając, president of the Polish Company Huta Stalowa Wola SA (HSW) published by the Polska-Zbrojna website on November 5, 2020, the new Borsuk amphibious armored vehicle will be the next generation of tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) of the Polish army and could be entered in service for 2023 to replace the old BWP-1 tracked armored IFV.
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New Borsuk amphibious tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle developed and designed by the Polish company Huta Stalowa Wola SA. (Picture source Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa SA)


The BWP-1 is a Polish version of the Soviet-made BMP-1 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) produced under license in Poland. The vehicle is in service with the Polish army since 1969. According to our military sources, the BWP-1 keeps the same features as the original Russian BMP-1.

The BMP-1 is fitted with a one-man turret. The main armament of the BMP-1 IFV is a 73 mm Model 2A28 smoothbore, low-pressure, short-recoil gun which weighs 115 kg. It has a crew of three including a driver, commander, and gunner. The troop compartment is at the rear with the eight infantrymen seated back-to-back, four down each side of the hull.

On October 25, 2020, Army Recognition has reported that the Polish defense industry has conducted field and firing tests in September 2020 with the new Polish-made Borsuk tracked armored amphibious IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) fitted with a 30mm cannon turret.

The Borsuk is a new generation of tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) fully developed and designed by the Polish Company Huta Stalowa Wola SA (HSW). It was unveiled in September 2017 during MSPO, International Defense Exhibition in Poland.

The Borsuk has been designed to cross all types’ water obstacles with a high level of maneuverability. It has also the capacity to be used in various terrains and in all weather conditions. The Borsuk is an amphibious tracked armored IFV that will be propelled in the water thanks to the use of water jets mounted at the rear of the chassis.

The Badger has the capacity to carry a total of 6 military personnel including driver and commander. In the water, the vehicle is propelled by two waterjets mounted at the rear of the hull.

The Badger is fitted with a Polish-made unmanned turret fully controlled and aimed by a gunner from inside of the hull. The turret is armed with a 30mm Bushmaster automatic cannon and one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun mounted to the right side of the main armament. There is four smoke grenade dischargers located to the right side at the front of the turret. The second armament of the vehicle includes two launchers for the Israeli-made anti-tank guided missile Rafael Spike mounted to the right side of the turret.

The turret can be traversed through a full 360º with elevation from -9° to +60°. The cannon has a rate of fire of 200 rounds per minute.


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The Borsuk is fully amphibious and propelled in the water thanks to the use of water jets mounted at the rear of the hull. (Picture source Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa SA)


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