Poland received first Odra mobile radar with medium range

WARSAW, (BM) – The Polish Armed Forces received the first mobile radar with medium-range TRS-15M, an updated version of TRS-15, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The delivery took place in mid-March this year, and in the coming months, Poland will have to receive ten more sets. In 2018, the Polish government and local PIT-RADWAR S.A. signed a contract for the supply of a total of 11 three-coordinate radars in the “S” range. The total value of the deal is approximately $ 126 million.

Poland received first Odra mobile radar with medium range
Photo credit: Pit-Radwar

TRS-15M “Odra” is a radar working in conjunction with anti-aircraft systems. This radar has a range of “medium-range,” which means detecting air targets up to 200 km at an altitude of up to 30 km. TRS-15M “Odra” detects and tracks up to 120 targets simultaneously. A rising mast with an integrated antenna can track low-flying targets. The TRS-15M “Odra” has integrated software that identifies targets as “friend-enemy” as NATO standards.

JELCZ P662D.43 M62 and P882D.43 M64 off-road and mobile chassis are ensuring the movement of the radar. The chassis is mostly Tatra type.

The Polish Radio Forces operate TRS-15M “Odra.” They are mainly used to “fill gaps” in other radars’ operations, making the TRS-15M “Odra” system significantly improve Polish airspace’s radio detection.

Poland will repair several old air defense systems

In the mid-March the Military Economic Department in Torun awarded an order for repairs and maintenance services related to the air defense systems used in Poland.

These are the 9K33 Osa and 2K12 Kub systems, but also the S-200C Wega. The works, which Poland will carry out in the years 2021-2023, also cover selected additional components. The amount of the transaction has not been disclosed. The negotiated procedure was used to determine the contractor without the publication of a contract notice. The 12 Military Economic Department in Torun received one submitted offer for these services. The decision was published on March 11.

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These systems belong to the short-range air defense category. The exception is the S-200C Wega, which are classified as mid-range systems. Except for the 9K33 Osa, all of them purchased in the 1980s, if it is decided to modernize them far, qualify for the fastest possible replacement due to their age and unsatisfactory technical parameters.

However, the contracted work is necessary because the first modern air defense systems – two Patriot system batteries – will appear only 2022. However, even they will be few and will replace only the currently owned equipment to a small extent. It will only be withdrawn after partial implementation of the Narew program and the second phase of the Wisła program. The wasps of Kuby and Wegi will therefore be exploited for at least a few more years.

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