As early as next year, Warsaw could select a supplier for a tactical Army drone, part of Poland’s push to boost domestic industry and military capability in unmanned aerial vehicles, a Polish Army officer said.
“The earliest [is] 2014,” Army Col. Mariusz Jachol told a press briefing held by a consortium of Polish companies and research institutes led by WB Electronics, and Army officers at the embassy here on Dec. 5.
The tactical UAV, with a requested range of 200 kilometers, would be used at the brigade and division level, Jachol said. The budget is “enough,” he said, declining to disclose the procurement figure.
“Depending on what the budget will be,” the planned acquisition would total eight to 12 sets consisting of four aircraft in a set, he said.
The Polish companies and officers were here to meet French executives, including those at Dassault, EADS, Safran’s Sagem and Thales, and military officers, in a plan to select a European partner on the UAV drive.