Slovakia plans to buy 30 armored personnel carriers (APC) from Poland over the next three years in a deal worth about $32 million, Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said on Friday.Is it just me or does it seem like we're seeing an increase in development cycles...especially with armored vehicles and aircraft (for some reason, naval tech seems to be lagging...or we're just not hearing much about improvements in the technology).
Under the agreement, Slovak firms will jointly develop the vehicles with Poland, and provide turrets for the APCs, Kopacz said at a joint news conference with Slovak counterpart Robert Fico.
The vehicles will be an updated version of the Rosomak APC, manufactured in southern Poland under a license agreement with Finnish firm Patria. Kopacz said she hoped the model could be exported globally.
A European Union embargo on arms imports from Russia has pushed Slovakia, among other EU states, to accelerate its transition from Russian-made military hardware to NATO-standard weaponry.
Having said all that the Rosomak/AMV is set to become the European standard APC/IFV.
With the updates that are being pumped out by the original manufacturer and the license holders this vehicle seems poised to be the gold standard for that continent.
I find that interesting. I thought a couple of years ago that the Boxer would become the golden boy but it looks like I was wrong.