Poland upgrades the FCS of 122mm Gvozdika and 152mm SpGH DANA
WARSAW, ($1=4.30 Polish Zlotys) — Warsaw has announced the completion of a contractor selection procedure for the repair and modification of the Topaz Automated Fire Control System [FCS] used in the self-propelled howitzers of the Polish Army. The news was announced by the Polish defense and security portal Defence24.
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The contract was executed under a negotiated procedure is a procedure of one candidate. The subject of the contract is the repair and modification of the Topaz automated fire control system of the 122 mm self-propelled 2S1 Gvozdika howitzer in the 15th Mechanized Brigade in Gizycko, Orzhish garrison and 152 mm self-propelled howitzers SpGH DANA.
WB Electronics was the only candidate and Poland unpretentiously chose it, as the company is the sole author and copyright owner of the mechanical and electronic design and software of the Topaz Automated Fire Management System [FCS]. The value of the contract is approximately USD 651K or PLN 2.8 million.
Topaz FCS is an automated fire control system designed by WB Electronics for Polish artillery in the 1990s. It allows reducing the reaction time to the fire, accelerating the flow of information, which is crucial for conducting effective artillery fire, as well as providing situational awareness.
Thanks to modernization and integration with other reconnaissance systems, Topaz FCS has been given advanced features such as targeting circulating ammunition and using radar reconnaissance, optoelectronic and acoustic, as well as supporting logistics activities. Polish sources claim that Topaz FCS can now work in conjunction with FlyEye drones or circulating Warmate ammunition, as well as the Liwiec radar reconnaissance system developed by PIT-RADWAR.
Topaz FCS was introduced into the Polish army in the 90s of the last century, initially in self-propelled howitzers. It was later implemented in the WR-40 Langusta missile systems, and the latest variants were introduced in the newly produced M120 Rak or AHS Krab fire modules.
The use of such a modern system as Topaz, in any case, increases the accuracy of fire, but also shortens the reaction time, which means that even older systems can effectively perform their tasks on the modern battlefield. The current contract for renovation and modification of the Topaz system concerns systems of this type of older equipment, which is still in operation.
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