On 14th February in Warsaw, Bumar Sp. z o.o., together with other companies of the Polish defense industry set up a new main battle tank construction consortium. The goal of the consortium, according to the records, is performing research and development works and the implementation of “Universal Modular Tracked Platform in a Direct Support Vehicle/New Main Battle Tank version” to the production stage.
Bumar became the leader of the consortium and will coordinate and supervise the course of research and development works, and afterwards the company will be responsible for the implementation to the production and providing the Polish Armed Forces with the new Polish tank.
Apart from Bumar, the following companies of the Bumar Group entered the consortium: Ośrodek Badawczo–Rozwojowy Urządzeń Mechanicznych OBRUM Sp. z o.o. (Eng. Research and Development Center for Mechanical Appliances), “Bumar Łabędy” S.A. Mechanical Plants, Bumar Żołnierz S.A. (Eng. Bumar Soldier, Bumar Elektronika S.A. (Eng. Bumar Electronics) and Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. (Eng. Huta Stalowa Wola steel mill), Wojskowe Zakłady Motoryzacyjne S.A. (Eng. Military Automotive Plants), Wojskowy Instytut Techniki Pancernej i Samochodowej – Instytut Badawczy (Eng. Military Institute of Armored and Automotive Technology – Research Institute) and Wojskowe Zakłady Mechaniczne S.A. (Eng. Military Mechanical Plants).
The consortium was established in response to the interest of the Ministry of National Defense, concerning the project of a Universal Modular Tracked Platform/New Main Battle Tank. For several years, the Bumar Group has been conducting analytical, conceptual and research and development works to provide the Polish Armed Forces with a modern Universal Modular Tracked Platform as a Fire Support Vehicle, as the Ministry of National Defense required. The consortium will allow the exploitation of intellectual and production potential of constructing tracked combat vehicles, including combat and special platforms, which individual members of this contract have.
The detailed division of tasks between the members of the consortium is based on the initial plans, prepared by the leader.
“This contract means that the Polish industry will join forces, because we all want to provide the Polish Armed Forces with the best vehicle, and to make possible for Polish soldiers to drive a Polish tank,” says Mariusz Andrzejczak, Vice President of the Management Board responsible for Technology and Development.