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04 Jan 18. Polish Armed Forces Get Warmate Loitering Munitions. WB Group announced that the first lot of Warmate loitering munitions has already been delivered to the Polish military. In total, the Polish Ministry of Defence has decided to acquire 1000 platforms of the type.
On 19th December. the first Warmate loitering munitions systems have been delivered to the Regional Logistics Base, in line with the provisions of the agreement concluded on 20th November – the WB Group announced. Following this procedure, the systems are going to be received by the NIL military unit, where they would be used to develop training procedures and tactics, as the armament procured is a completely new solution to the Polish military.
The equipment received by the Polish Armed Forces constitutes the first lot of 1000 Warmate UAVs ordered by the Polish Ministry of Defence led by Antoni Macierewicz. More deliveries are planned to happen next year. PLN 100 million order cost is associated with procurement of 100 packages (1000 units).
Warmate armament system utilizes UAVs fitted with warheads. The warheads may vary, depending on mission of the given UAV. The available selection includes anti-tank (for acting against light armour), fragmentation (for acting against enemy soldiers) or thermobaric (for acting against fortifications) warheads.
Systems as such are only manufactured only in a few countries around the world. The United States of America and Israel both remain in possession of technologies required to create loitering munitions. The aforesaid states have recently been joined by Poland. The Polish solution has already been proven by the user in actual combat, as the UAV in question has been acquired by several foreign customers too. One of the NATO member states is also utilizing the aforesaid solution.
The manufacturer claims that Warmates may be used at distances exceeding 10 kilometres, offering flight endurance of more than 30 minutes. Operational ceiling for the system has been defined as 30-200 metres, while maximum altitude at which the system may fly is 500 metres. However, this performance is available if the UAV is used at altitudes of no more than 3 kilometres above the sea level. Top speed of the system is 150 kph.
“Precision-guided loitering munitions make it possible to provide PGM’s at low levels – for infantry squads or platoons – that remain capable of acting against light armoured targets or even APCs at vast distances. Thus they provide a higher level of safety for our operators” – stated Adam Bartosiewicz, WB Electronics VP. (Source: UAS VISION/Defence 24)
04 Jan 18. Glock Expanding Gen 5 with Subcompact and Longslide Models.
Glock is hard at work expanding their core product line with new Gen 5 versions of their Model 26 and 34 handguns. Glock is updating these guns with improvements developed for the military MHS trials pistol.
The updated handguns follow the recently-updated Glock 17 and Glock 19 pistols. The Model 26 or “baby Glock” is a subcompact for backup and concealed carry. The Model 34 is a full-size handgun with an extended barrel and slide assembly. It’s very popular with competition shooters. Both are chambered for 9mm Luger.
In addition to the Gen 5 enhancements Glock is giving the new 34 the MOS treatment. Glock’s MOS guns — Modular Optic System — are optics-ready. The gun comes with multiple mounting plates compatible with the most popular handgun red dots today.
“The development of our Gen 5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said Glock vice president Josh Dorsey. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance.
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