Saturday, September 9, 2023

Two countries to buy Polish anti-aircraft missiles

Defence24(.)pl: During the MSPO fair, Mesko SA announced two more export contracts for launchers and Piorun hand-held anti-aircraft missiles.

One of the recipients is to be an unspecified Balkan state and the other an unspecified Baltic state (probably Lithuania). Deliveries of the purchased equipment are to be completed in 2025-2027.

Currently, Mesko's production capacity is around 1,000 units per year and is to be further increased.

As it is a "sensitive" weapon, neither the Polish Army nor the manufacturer boasts details about the number of rockets produced, possessed and launched. It is known that at least 2 rockets are produced for one launch mechanism produced. On December 20, 2016, the Ministry of National Defense ordered from Mesko, 420 launchers and 1,300 Piorun rockets for PLN 932 million. On June 23, 2022, an annex to this contract was signed for the supply of another 600 launch mechanisms and another 3,500 rockets for approximately PLN 3.5 billion gross. Some of the Piorun sets delivered to the Polish Army in 2022 were handed over to Ukraine, which became its biggest foreign user (although a batch of Pioruns was ordered by the US before the outbreak of a full-scale war).