Borsuk – Polish Manufactured Amphibious Tracked IFV, Replacement for the Soviet Era IFV

Borsuk – Polish Manufactured Amphibious Tracked IFV, Replacement for the Soviet Era IFV

Despite buying up massive weaponry from South Korea, the Polish government has not abandoned its domestic defense industry. As evidence, Poland has ordered 1,000 units of the Borsuk tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), produced by Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW), a Polish defense industry consortium.

Quoted from, on 24 February 2023, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Mariusz Błaszczak announced plans to order 1,000 units of the Borsuk IFV, The consortium in the Borsuk project consists of Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW), a subsidiary of the Polish Arms Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ ) as well as other Polish companies including Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Urządzeń Mechanicznych OBRUM and Wojskowe Zakłady Motoryzacyjne, ROSOMAK.

On 15 November 2022, the IFV Borsuk IFV was tested by the 15th Mechanized Brigade of the Polish army, as a successor to the Soviet-made BWP-1 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) (Polish version of the Soviet-made BMP-1), currently in use by the ground forces Poland.

The development of the Borsuk IFV began in 2013 by Huta Stalowa Wola, then the ranpur prototype was inaugurated in 2016, and continued in the testing and evaluation phase starting in 2017.

The Borsuk IFV is based on a modular design which allows it to be easily reconfigured to perform various mission requirements.

The Borsuk can be equipped with a variety of weapons, including a 30mm Mk44S Bushmaster II automatic cannon, a 7.62mm UKM-2000C coaxial machine gun, and two Spike LR anti-tank missiles. Borsuk is also equipped with advanced sensors, communication systems, and defensive measures.

The Borsuk IFV is built on a tracked chassis consisting of six wheels on each side with a drive sprocket at the front and rear. 

The design features a composite rubber track system supplied by Canadian company Soucy Defense which gives it several advantages over other tracked vehicles, especially in terms of mobility and stability on off-road terrain.

IFV Borsuk has a crew of three personnel, namely commander, gunner and driver, and can carry up to eight fully equipped infantrymen.

The Borsuk IFV, weighing 30 tons, is powered by an MTU 8V199 TE20 turbo diesel engine which produces 720 hp. Using the Perkins X300 transmission and hydropneumatic suspension, Borsuk can go up to a maximum speed of 70 km per hour and a speed of 8 km per hour in water. 

To drive on water, Borsuk is equipped with two waterjet propellers at the rear. Borsuk is 7.6 meters long and 3.4 meters wide, with full fuel, the Borsuk IFV can explore up to 550 km

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