New computerised AA system put into service in Polish army

The commissioning of the first of the six new "Pilica" anti-aircraft systems to service in the artillery units is a step towards the popularisation of digital technologies in the Polish army.

"Pilica" is the work of the Tarnów Mechanical Works. The computerised missile and artillery system is to become a real threat to enemy drones and helicopters. However, there is concern that the system, having been designed years ago, may not cope with the latest hostile UAVs.

Jerzy Reszczyński, an expert in the field of artillery weapons, recalled that foreign representatives present at the recent manoeuvers were impressed by the pace and precision of the change of fire direction by Polish gunners.

It turns out that for many years the Polish gunners have had an advantage in the field thanks to the fire control computer, invented by the private company WB Electronics from Ożarów, installed in modern howitzers and mortars.

Digital technologies are also being developed by PIT Radwar in Warsaw. The facility has manufactured equipment, such as the PCL-PET passive location radar system, the SPL radar reconnaissance station, capable of locating and precisely indicating the location of air intruders and radars on the basis of trace emissions of electromagnetic radiation from on-board equipment of enemy aircraft, as well as artillery radars, capable of tracking enemy missiles and rockets and pinpointing the location of enemy batteries.

Another weapon supported by digital systems is the new armored transporter "Borsuk", already tested in Huta Stalowa Wola.

There are more and more computer-aided weapon systems designed by the Polish armaments industry, but they are still sparse. As it stands there is no systemic action in the process of computerisation of weapons, despite signs of great potential.