Polish Baobab: Poland continues work on new military equipment


In Poland, work continues on the creation of a Baobab – K mine vehicle. Huta Stalowa Wola SA says that implementing this program is a way to create a simple and cheap anti-tank defense system.


Military equipment will be designed to carry out scattered works on laying mines and creating mine fields with a depth of at least 180 meters and a density of at least 0,15-1,2 minutes per linear meter. Interestingly, the first work on creating unstable mine systems, on which the system of four blocks of mine launchers MN-123 was installed, was not successful. They only indicated possible directions for the development of research on the creation of machines of this class.

One of the main reasons for the initial project's fiasco was related to the automobile plant in Starachowice, which is the main supplier of trucks and SUVs for the Polish armed forces.

Then the company Huta Stalowa Wola SA took over, which used the experience of working on a mine system, originally based on the Star 1466 vehicle. In 2003, the almost 16-ton Kroton Mining Transporter (TMN) ISM (Engineering Mining System) was created using MT-LB modified floating tracked chassis (so-called MT-LBu version).

“Croton” was equipped with a special set of four cluster blocks containing 400 indelible cumulative anti-tank mines of double action MN-123 with immediate or delayed action.

With the advent of Croton, the ground forces' engineering units gained new opportunities for building minefields in front of advancing enemy armored groups. So, a machine with only two crew members is able to establish a mine barrier within 30 minutes, while the width of the barrier will be from 30 to 90 meters, length - up to 600 meters.

"Croton" is able to stop the enemy armored group, slowing its movement or forcing to change direction. As a result, the course of the offensive operation will be disrupted. Such tactics are especially significant in operations to force water or other obstacles.


Developed by HSW SA and first officially unveiled at MSPO 2007, the Baobab mine system is a set of six blocks with 120 mine boxes and 600 MN-123 mines. The system is mounted on a Jelcz P662D43 triaxial chassis. Further, new evolutionary changes took place - a prototype PMN Baobab was presented on a wheel support, also on a Jelcz P662.35G34 triaxial chassis, with a large built-in cab with low armor. This car has four launch blocks.

Polish Baobab: Poland continues work on new military equipment

Such vehicles install a mine barrier in less than twenty minutes. In its current form, Baobab is equipped with such equipment as an on-board computer, a visualization terminal with a digital map, a GPS system and an odometer, a VHF radio, a FONET communication system, a system of 8 81-mm launchers for smoke grenades for self-defense with a separate control panel.

Now the Ministry of Defense of Poland has presented new requirements for a new modification of the machine. A new cockpit should be developed, mechanisms that exclude manual tuning of the blasters, and ballistic stability of the cockpit should be increased. It is known that the new Baobab-K will be different from its original design.


The number of vehicles that should enter the arsenal of the Polish ground forces is still unknown. They will be used for operational purposes by the command of the ground forces. Naturally, given the ratio tanks Russia and NATO Poland is very concerned about protection from Russian armored vehicles. In these conditions, the demand for such equipment increases.

Interestingly, the Polish audience is not very approving of the new project, again, not hiding that it sees a potential adversary exclusively in Russia.

After all, the Soviets (obviously, referring to Russia - author's note) have machines for destroying minefields. Probably not very effective, but they can probably do something there. The baobab will be a large cow that is easy to see even with a simple radar on the battlefield, not to mention drones. He will immediately become a target from the air or from artillery,

- writes one of the Polish users.
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  1. evgic 18 March 2020 11: 29 New
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    Remote mining systems have been in service since the late 60s. There are aviation, artillery, MLRS. It is not clear what the Poles invented.
    1. Insurgent 18 March 2020 12: 16 New
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      “Croton” was equipped with a special set of four cassette units containing 400 indelible cumulative anti-tank mines double action MN-123 with immediate or delayed action.


      And what is an indelible mine? belay ? Is that what she needs with a brush, a brush? lol
      1. evgic 18 March 2020 13: 52 New
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        Apparently, an indelible substance was invented that copied emissions of livestock products from cattle. The tank will get stuck on it, and the crew will breathe vapor and lose combat effectiveness. It is very environmentally friendly and creative.)))
      2. Mikhail Tynda 18 March 2020 14: 36 New
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        Problems with auto-translation. Indelibel (indelibel English) is synonymous with durabel (durable, strong, reinforced). It should be understood reinforced mine, increased action. Apparently, the source code was simply sent through Yandex by a translator without bothering with editing.
    2. self-propelled 18 March 2020 13: 57 New
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      Quote: evgic
      Remote mining systems have been in service since the late 60s. There are aviation, artillery, MLRS. It is not clear what the Poles invented.

      good
      as well as long-established machines for overcoming minefields



      but for very smart mines Yes smart cars

      not very much surprised. for each tricky nut you can choose a bolt withleft-handed thread"
  2. Nikolay Dyaglev 18 March 2020 11: 33 New
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    Nothing new
    1. Lopatov 18 March 2020 12: 10 New
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      Quote: Nikolay Dyaglev
      Nothing new

      Do not tell ...
      We are also working in this direction.
    2. Insurgent 18 March 2020 12: 21 New
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      Quote: Nikolay Dyaglev
      Nothing new

      In fact, KPOM-2, only anti-tank, and with a different type of initiation, in blocks on a self-propelled chassis.
      In this case, wheeled. But the Poles have (was?) A version based on MTLB.
  3. knn54 18 March 2020 11: 45 New
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    In Swahili, bobab sounds like mbuu. MBU-K, however.
  4. sabakina 18 March 2020 11: 47 New
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    Military equipment will be designed to carry out scattered works on laying mines and the creation of mine fields with a depth of at least 180 meters
    Excuse me, is anti-tank mine effective at such a depth?
    After all, the Soviets (Obviously, I mean Russia - author's note) there are cars
    Are they trolling us?
    1. The leader of the Redskins 18 March 2020 11: 58 New
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      And I still have not caused a concept indelible cumulative mines What is it like?!
    2. Insurgent 18 March 2020 12: 23 New
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      Quote: sabakina
      Excuse me, is anti-tank mine effective at such a depth?

      They meant the depth of mining "on the front."
      And so, mines from containers are fired on the ground. And they lie to themselves ... They are waiting.
      1. sabakina 18 March 2020 12: 56 New
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        OK, let's talk Dahl.
        for laying mines and creating mine fields with a depth of at least 180 meters

        1. What is a mine, I think you know.
        2. What is the depth, I think, even at school they learned.
        Conclusion: Mine is at least 180 meters deep.
        Will we call a translator?
        1. Insurgent 18 March 2020 13: 01 New
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          Quote: sabakina
          OK, let's talk Dahl.

          Well yes
          "Depth of defense", "in depth of defense", in depth of defense " - very involved terms.
          I hope, Vyacheslav, that after such an explanation, a translator will not be needed.
          1. sabakina 18 March 2020 13: 05 New
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            A mine cannot be long. And I know about the depth of defense from the cradle. In short, or the translation of a curve or a psheka fool
            1. Insurgent 18 March 2020 13: 10 New
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              Quote: sabakina
              A mine cannot be long.

              The whole mine, in general, "in length" cannot be. There is its length, the extension of the mine field.
              And separate, horizontal, and inclined workings (drifts, slopes) are quite imagined.
              Quote: sabakina
              In short, or the translation of a curve or a psheka

              Here we come together. yes
    3. Mikhail Tynda 18 March 2020 14: 27 New
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      Well no. Translation problems. Mina - mine (eng) and mine mine. Someone was too lazy to read and edit auto-translation. No respect for readers.
  5. universe1 18 March 2020 12: 25 New
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    Let them turn to the MZKT, we have tractors and chassis suitable. Russia does not need, maybe Poland will buy.

    ... well, now the farts will start to blow at the patriots, minuses will fall.
    1. Insurgent 18 March 2020 13: 05 New
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      Quote: universe1
      Let them turn to the MZKT, we have tractors and chassis suitable. Russia does not need, maybe Poland will buy.

      ... well, now the farts will start to blow at the patriots, minuses will fall.

      On the contrary, it should “explode” and “crumble” in your country, because Russia offered you to buy the MZKT plant to work for the needs of the Russian army.

      You have refused. Now go .... to the Poles.
      1. universe1 18 March 2020 14: 17 New
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        Selling is not an option; it is like losing. There are not so many really working enterprises.
        1. nPuBaTuP 18 March 2020 17: 59 New
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          That is, to sell, is it like the Chinese with Motor Sich? Bought and taken out?
          Do not be silly, if Russia bought, then there were orders and work, and now either go to the Chinese (that’s all) or provide the Poles with tractors ...
  6. Boratsagdiev 18 March 2020 14: 25 New
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    Quote: sabakina
    A mine cannot be long.

    as in life)))
    Market Conversation:
    - Is it blackcurrant?
    - No, red.
    “Why is she white?”
    - Because it’s green.
  7. orionvitt 18 March 2020 19: 18 New
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    even with a simple radar on the battlefield, not to mention drones
    They forgot that Russia also has a full satellite constellation, unlike Poland. It’s clear that there is NATO, but when the army has “every creature in pairs,” combat effectiveness is in question.
  8. Old26 18 March 2020 20: 39 New
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    Quote: Mikhail Tynda
    Problems with auto-translation. Indelibel (indelibel English) is synonymous with durabel (durable, strong, reinforced). It should be understood reinforced mine, increased action. Apparently, the source code was simply sent through Yandex by a translator without bothering with editing.

    Most likely. What is worth, for example, the phrase

    Military equipment will be designed for scattered work mine laying and creating mine fields with a depth of at least 180 meters and a density of at least 0,15-1,2 min per linear meter.

    or
    Baobab mine system is a set of of six blocks with 120 shaft boxes and 600 mines MN-123


    Quote: sabakina
    Military equipment will be designed to carry out scattered works on laying mines and the creation of mine fields with a depth of at least 180 meters
    Excuse me, is anti-tank mine effective at such a depth?
    After all, the Soviets (Obviously, I mean Russia - author's note) there are cars
    Are they trolling us?

    Most likely they mean the width of the minefield. But in conjunction with a statement about the creation mines it turns out some kind of nonsense