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The Polish military is trying to get an analogue of the Russian complex "Agriculture" as soon as possible.


Against the background of the appearance in Russia of a new means of remote mining "Agriculture", the Polish defense industry presented a similar system "Baobab-K", created by the company Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW). This development has remained in the shadows over the past years, and only now its final characteristics have become known.

It can be safely called one of the most cost-effective products that can reduce the disparity between the potential of the Polish armored forces and a potential enemy.

- noted in the publication Defense24.

The first prototype of the new Baobab-K remote mining product was unveiled in September at MSPO 2021. It completed factory testing in March, and military qualification tests are expected to begin, which are scheduled for completion in January 2022. This will be followed by the preparation of a new product for serial production.

Baobab-K comes from the early 1990s, when the Polish Ministry of Defense launched a program to create the TMN Kroton system, designed for the rapid construction of anti-tank minefields. It was housed on the SPG-2 platform, structurally related to the MT-LB chassis, mass-produced by HSW. Allegedly, Kroton, operated by a crew of only two people, could remotely establish a 15 by 20 m rectangular minefield of 60 MH-600 cumulative anti-tank mines, capable of penetrating the bottom of any modern combat vehicle ("piercing" 400 mm of steel armor).

This is enough to stop or slow down the attack of the armored formations. The enemy will be forced to conduct long-term reconnaissance and demining or bypass minefields. Without this, the execution of dynamic operations by armored forces becomes paralyzed.

- explained in the Polish edition.

Already in 1995, the prototype Croton successfully passed qualification tests, but the planned delivery of 81 vehicles did not take place - in total, by 2007, less than 10 units were transferred to the military. Since then, HSW has developed its project on the basis of a wheeled chassis (based on the Jelcz 662D.43 and Jelcz P662).

The Baobab-K was eventually housed on a Jelcz chassis with an armored cab from the 882,53 8x8 line, which allows speeds up to 85 km / h. The weight of the new product is 31 tons. There are 600 mines on the platform. It takes him less than 20 minutes to automatically plant a minefield. The equipment with a crew of two fighters is equipped with an on-board computer, a visualization terminal with a digital map, a GPS system and an odometer, a VHF radio station and a FONET communication system. For self-defense, 8 81-mm smoke grenade launchers are used. In the final form, the transfer of the system from the traveling position to the combat position does not require manual control due to the presence of an electric drive.

The Ministry of Defense seeks to get this class of equipment as soon as possible [according to unofficial data - 30-50 vehicles]

- indicated in Defense24.

TTX Baobab-K:

The Polish military is trying to get an analogue of the Russian complex "Agriculture" as soon as possible.
Photos used:
HSW website

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  1. Observer2014
    Observer2014 12 October 2021 00: 12
    "It paralyzes the enemy's armored forces": the Polish military is trying to get an analogue of the Russian "Agriculture" as soon as possible And what about the Poles?
    1. poquello
      poquello 12 October 2021 00: 43
      and who called these mortars analogue?
      1. Alex777
        Alex777 12 October 2021 13: 53
        The Poles themselves. Nobody else would have guessed. hi
    2. Sidor Amenpodestovich
      Sidor Amenpodestovich 12 October 2021 04: 21
      Quote: Observer2014
      And what about us with the Poles?

      They have with us. How Ellochka Cannibal competed with Vanderbilikha.
      We, like her, are also not aware at all that someone is competing with us, but which Poles are worried about this?
  2. Klingon
    Klingon 12 October 2021 00: 15
    Well done Psheki! Think in terms of WWII times laughing I wonder if a minefield will help much against Iskander? wassat
  3. Cowbra
    Cowbra 12 October 2021 00: 22
    The trouble with the psheprashems is in two things:
    1) They really think that someone needs nafig.
    2) They really think that the mines installed on the ground will not stupidly blow off Gorynych, if something is required from the pshek
    1. Alien From
      Alien From 12 October 2021 00: 55
      In addition to analyzes, there is nothing to take from them, and even those are disgusting.
  4. andr327
    andr327 12 October 2021 02: 15
    This is clearly not an analogue of "Agriculture", rather and more like our UMP or "Tick". "Agriculture" is primarily distinguished by rockets of decent size. and the possibility of installing minefields at a distance of 5 to 15 km, and here 30-90 m.
    The author needs to learn a little bit of the mathematical part.
    1. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 12 October 2021 07: 35
      Quote: andr327
      This is clearly not an analogue of "Agriculture"

      You have not understood the inner meaning of this phrase! Here we are not talking about "literal copying" of the Russian mining system "Agriculture"! I meant the principle of mining: remote, "salvo" with the help of multiple-charge launchers!
    2. AK1972
      AK1972 12 October 2021 08: 41
      Quote: andr327
      This is clearly not an analogue of "Agriculture", rather and more like our UMP or "Tick".

      Rather, it looks more like the ancient Veteran complex used in a mobile barrage unit. A completely different purpose and performance characteristics.
  5. Vadim Ananyin
    Vadim Ananyin 12 October 2021 03: 46
    Paralyzing, the only question is, who needs today's Poland?
  6. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 12 October 2021 04: 12
    Baobab-K comes from the early 1990s, when the Polish Ministry of Defense launched the TMN Kroton system,
    Evil you, they are 30 years from .... poured a bullet, but you are not. However, me too
    Baobab-K products,
    Having seen enough of our deadly Poplars and Ash-trees, and then the Nezalezhniki Alder were born, the Nezinelschiki decided to surpass everyone in thickness and raised the Baobab (plagiarism) request It will be nice to burn ... fool It would be better if the Wolf, Badger, Mole, and Bison remained in their local tradition.
  7. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 12 October 2021 05: 34
    able to reduce the disparity between the potential of the Polish armored forces and the potential enemy

    What kind of "disparity" are we talking about? The gentlemen have Abrams! wassat
  8. Crash
    Crash 12 October 2021 07: 17
    The enemy will be forced to conduct long-term reconnaissance and demining or bypass minefields

  9. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 12 October 2021 07: 42
    How else can it happen? The Poles will "invite" Russian armored troops ... "cover the clearing" ... but Russian tanks will not come! Their friends from the Airborne Forces will be asked to visit ...
    1. Silver bullet
      Silver bullet 12 October 2021 08: 20
      When the troops run out of "Abrams", they will use these machines as fireworks installations in Warsaw, meeting the 1st Guards Tank Army with flowers.
  10. Andrey Student
    Andrey Student 12 October 2021 09: 07
    It's a pity at 44-45 Stalin took pity on Europe, they put hundreds of thousands of Russian (Soviet) men ... It would be better if they spent more shells, razed this hotbed of homosexuality and fascism to the ground, you see, 600 would return alive from Poland ...
  11. Nafanya from the sofa
    Nafanya from the sofa 12 October 2021 14: 58
    In March, he completed factory testing, expected to start qualification tests in the troops, which are scheduled to be completed in January 2022. After that preparation will follow new product for serial production.

    Since the beginning of the 90s, they do-do and cannot do anything. Key words "expected", "preparation to follow", etc. That is, in fact, "Ukrainian-Georgian blah-blah-blah"
    It is calming. Throwing "horror stories" is much easier than real mines.
  12. gregor6549
    gregor6549 12 October 2021 15: 05
    As the manager of Bunsch's house, widely known for the film "Ivan Vasilyevich changes his profession," used to say, and now I say: "I am worried about vague doubts," a chassis based on a self-propelled vehicle that MTZ supplied to the USSR Armed Forces as the chassis of the famous Tunguska. After the collapse of the USSR, the question of what to live next became sharply before the MTZ staff, and the MTZ management persuaded the Belarusian military to find work to create a minelayer based on the groundwork for the aforementioned self-propelled gun. The good from the Ministry of Defense of Belarus was received and the work began to boil. Specialists from the Minsk Research Institute of Automation Tools were also attracted to it, who developed for the future minelayer a single set of automation equipment (KSA), which could be used to solve the problems of diagnostics and self-propelled control, control of weapons installed on the self-propelled gun and navigation. At that time I was busy with other projects and I don't know all the details of this development. I just know that this KSA was created on the basis of the A90 aircraft on-board computer manufactured in Chisinau and aviation displays developed by the Minsk Research Institute of Digital Television for the MIG 15 and SU 29 aircraft. minelayer crew of up to two people. Whether this minesag was adopted by the Armed Forces of Belarus, I do not know. Most likely not, because the tracked self-propelled gun from Tunguska was clearly redundant for such a minelayer, both in price and in complexity. But at that time, Lukashenko and his comrades were actively promoting both Belarusian developments and military equipment left over in Belarus from the USSR Armed Forces on the international arms market. At the same time, Poland (and not only Poland) was not among the enemies of the multi-vector Lukashenko at that time, and it is possible that the documentation of the minelay and some components of the KSA ended up in neighboring Poland, which adapted the minelay for its TTZ, chassis and element base.
  13. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 12 October 2021 16: 01
    When I look at modern smart home appliances and sensors, it becomes scary how all this can be used in all sorts of mines and robots.
  14. BMB
    BMB 12 October 2021 17: 22
    Author, you are confusing remote mining systems with minelayers.