Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa presented a Scipio APC, based on the Rosomak wheeled APC. The presentation took place within the Slovak Zahorie training ground, due to the fact that Scipio has been developed for the armed forces of Slovakia, who are willing to replace their old OT-64 SKOT armoured personnel carriers.
The new infantry fighting vehicle constitutes a result of cooperation between the Polish and Slovak defence industries. Rosomak wheeled APC 8 x 8 is acting as the base platform for the new vehicle. Scipio features the Slovak unmanned Turra 30 turret, manufactured by the EVPU company. The new turret design was to be originally utilized in case of the BMP-1/BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles. The turret features a 30 mm cannon and an ATGW launcher. The vehicle made its first public appearance at the end of may this year, during the IDEB 2015 expo in Brno.
The “Scipio” APC was created within the scope of an initiative pursued by the Polish Ministry of Defence. Its aim is to increase security and military-industrial cooperation with the remaining states in the region – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria. Thanks to that very initiative, it was possible to sell the Grom MANPADS for the Lithuanians.