Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Warsaw

NATO member nation.

Modern Historical 
Strong Polish resistance to NAZI occupation during World War 2.
Armia Krajowa (Home Army)- Chief Polish Resistance group during World War 2 in Poland.
Many Polish resistance groups used the Kotwica ("anchor") symbol. The PW in the symbol was initially short for Pomscimy Wawer ("Avenge Wawer") and later Polska Walczaca ("Fighting Poland"), Wojsko Polskie ("Polish Army"), etc. This symbol is still used in the Polish military.

Still part of U.S. so called “Missile Defense Shield”
MIM-104 Patriot missile batteries deployed in Poland. The Patriot missile batteries are owned by the U.S. and operated by the U.S.

NATO base
Multinational Corps Northeast

100,000 total military personnel

Air Force
Sily Powietrzne
26,126 personnel

F-16 fighter aircraft (48)

MiG-29 fighter aircraft (32)

Su-22 attack aircraft (45)

CASA C-295 transport aircraft (13)

C-130 Hercules transport aircraft (5)

PZL M-28 utility transport aircraft (21)

PZL An-28 (license built An-28) utility transport aircraft (2)
PZL An-2 (to be phased out)
PZL TS-11 trainer aircraft (54)

PZL-130 Orlik trainer aircraft (37)
Diamond DA20 trainer aircraft (5)

AIM-120 air-to-air missiles
AIM-9 air-to-air missiles
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles

Mi-8 helicopters transport helicopters (10)

Mi-17 helicopters transport helicopters
PZL Mi-2 light utility helicopters. Polish made (54)

PZL W-3 Polish made multi-purpose helicopters (18)

PZL SW-4 Polish made utility helicopters (24)

Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles

9th Air Base in Krakow
12th Air Base in Miroslawies
21st Air Base in Swidwin
22nd Air Base in Malbork
23rd Air Base in Minsk Mazowiecki
31st Air Base in Poznari
32nd Air Base in Lask
33rd Air Base in Powiciz

Marynarka Wojeena
14,300 personnel
ORP prefix to naval vessels

Polish Naval Ensign

Polish Naval Jack

Frigates, Oliver Perry Class (2)

Corvettes (3)

Submarines (5)

Fast Attack Craft (3)
Mine Warfare vessels (19)
Mine layer/Landing craft, Lublin Class (5)

Harpoon anti-ship missiles on Oliver Perry Class Frigates
RBS-15 anti-ship missiles on Orkon Class Fast Attack Craft
SS-N-2 Styx anti-ship missiles on Corvettes

Naval Strike Missile (NSM) used for coastal defense

Naval Aviation
Mi-17 transport helicopters
Mi-14 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopters
Kaman SH-2 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopters

Wojska Ladowe
65,000 personnel

T-72 tanks (584)
PT-91 Twardy ("Hardy") Polish made Main Battle Tanks (232)

Leopard 2 tanks (128)

BWP-1 Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicles. Polish designation of the BMP-1. (1,300+)

KTO Rosomak ("Wolverine") 8x8 wheeled multi-role armored vehicles (300+)

OT-64 SKOT amphibious wheeled armored personnel carrier. Joint developed by Czechoslovakia and Poland (110)
AMZ Zubr series of armored vehicles. Polish made.
Zubr P vehcles used with Poprad air defense system. 

Zubr WD vehicles used for command vehicle

Zubr MMSR used for mobile surveillance radar. Uses a N-26 radar.

MT-LB armored personnel carriers (200+)
Opal- Polish made amphibious tracked armored personnel carriers. Developed from the MT-LB (170+)
M113 armored personnel carriers (29)
M557 armored command vehicles (6)
Bergepanzer 3 armored recovery vehicles (10)
WZT-2 armored recovery vehicle (40)
Bojena Remote controlled self propelled mine rollers (14)
BRDM-2 (200+)

AMZ Dzik-2 ("Wild Boar-2") light armored vehicle. Polish made. (43)

AMZ Dzik-1 ("Wild Boar-1") Polish made light armored vehicles.
AMZ Dzik-3 ("Wild Boar-3") Polish made light armored vehicles. Used in Iraq.

Maxx Pro Dash MRV (30)
Cougar MRV (40)
Oshkosh M-ATV
PTS-M tracked amphibious transport vehicle.

Skorpion 3- Lightly armored variant of the Honker.

UAZ-469 (796)
Honker- Polish made 4x4 wheeled vehicles

Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Hilux
Land Rover Defender
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Star trucks
Volvo trucks

Army Aviation
Mi-24 attack helicopters

PZL W3 helicopters 
Mi-8 transport helicopters
Mi-17 transport helicopters

9P148 antii-tank missile carriers (BRDM-2 with 9M113 Konkurs missiles)
9P133 anti-tank missile carriers (BRDM-2 with Malyutka missiles)
Tumak-5 anti-tank missile carriers (HMMWV with SPIKE missiles)

SPIKE anti-tank guided missiles
FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missiles
AT-3 (9k11 Malyutka)
AT-4 (9k111 Fagot)
AT-5 (9k113 Konkurs)
AT-7 (9k115 Metis)
Carl Gustav
RPG-76 Komar- Polish made light weight, single shot rocket launcher.

SPG-9 recoilless rifles

SMK 120 RAK self propelled mortars (120mm mortars on a KTO Rosomak chassis)

SMG 120 RAK self propelled mortars (120mm mortars on a modernized 2S1 Gozdzik chassis)

120mm mortars
60mm mortars
82mm mortars
120mm mortars

Small Arms
Wz 1974 Pallad under barrel 40mm grenade launchers. Polish made.
RGP 40 multiple grenade launcher. 40mm six cylinder grenade launcher. 

Wz 1983 Pallad D 40mm single shot grenade launchers. Polish made.

LPO-50 Flamethrowers
WKW Wilk ("Wolf")- Polish made .50 cal anti-material/sniper rifles. Also known called Tor
DShK 12.7mm heavy machine guns
NSW 12.7mm heavy machine guns
PK machine guns
RPK machine guns
UKM 2000- Polish made 7.62x51mm NATO machine guns. Based on the PK machine gun. 

Bor 7.62x51mm NATO sniper rifles

SWD sniper rifles. Polish designation for the SVD Dargunov.
Sako TRG sniper rifles

Kbs Wz 1996 Beryl- Polish made 5.56x45mm NATO assault rifles

Mini Beryl- Polish made carbine version of the Beryl

kbk AK assault rifles. Polish made AK-47. To be replaced by the Kbs Wz 1996 Beryl.
kbk AKS assault rifles. Polish made AKS. To be replaced by the Kbs Wz 1996 Beryl.
kbk AKM assault rifles. Polish made AKM. To be replaced by the Kbs Wz 1996 Beryl.

Kbkg wz 1960- Polish made AK style carbine with the ability to shoot rifle grenades. Karabinek granatnik wzor 1960 ("Carbine grenade launcher model 1960"). To be replaced by the Kbs Wz 1996 Beryl.

MP-5 sub-machine guns
PM-84 Glauberyt- Polish made 9mm sub-machine guns. Resembles the Uzi sub-machine gun.

PM-63 RAK (Wz 63)- Polish made 9mm sub-machine guns.
Glock 17 pistols
WIST-94- Polish made 9x19mm Parabellum pistols
WIST 94L with integral laser sight

P-83 Wanad- Polish made 9x18mm Makarov pistols.

P-64 CZAK- Polish made 9x18mm Makarov pistols.

HIMARS multiple rocket launchers

BM-21 122mm multiple rocket launchers
RM-70 Czechoslovakian made 122mm rocket launchers
WR-40 Langusta 122mm Polish made multiple rocket launchers

2S1 122mm self propelled howitzers (324)

Wz Dana 152mm Czechoslovakian made self propelled howitzers (111)

ASH Krab- Polish  made 155mm self propelled howitzers (8)
Uses the chassis of the South Korean K9 and the turret of the British AS-90.

M-30 122mm howitzers
D-44 85mm guns

Warmate loitering munitions. Can fit different warheads for different missions

Warmate 2 loitering munition. Under development.

Flyeye reconnaissance UAV

Air Defense

The Patriot missile systems in Poland are owned and operated by U.S. forces

S-200 Wega (SA-5 Gammon) surface-to-air missiles
2k11 Krug (SA-4 Ganef)
2k12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful)
9k33 Osa (SA-9 Gecko)air defense system

Kobra- Polish made air defense system consisting of 2-6 Poprad missile launcher vehicles, six ZUR-23-2KG gun/missile launchers, a Radwar Mobile Multi-beam Search Radar (MMSR), and a WD-95 command vehicle. Exported to Indonesia. Used by Poland?

POPRAD missile launchers with GROM surface-to air missiles. Uses the AMZ Zubr P vehicle.

9k32 Strela (SA-7) shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
PZR GROM- Polish made shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles

ZSU-23-4 self propelled anti-aircraft guns

Hibneryt self propelled anti-aircraft guns (ZU-23 mounted on a Star 266 truck)

PZA Loara self propelled anti-aircraft guns with twin 35mm cannons (2-6)
ZUR-23-2KG "Jodek-G" towed 23mm anti-aircraft guns-  Polish upgraded ZU-23 with twin GROM surface-to-air missiles. 

ZUR-23-2S "Jod" towed 23mm anti-aircraft guns-  Polish upgraded ZU-23 with twin Strela-2M surface-to-air missiles. 
ZU-23 towed 23mm anti-aircraft guns.

Military Police
Zandarmeria Wojskowa (ZW)
Red berets

Maroon berets
6th Airborne Brigade
18th Airborne

Special Forces
Wojska Specjaine
Separate branch of the Polish military

Jednostka Wojskowa or JW- "Military Unit"

Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno Manewrowego (Operational Mobile Reaction Group)

JW Komandosow
Formerly known as 1 Pulk Specjalny Komandosow.

JW Formoza
Special unit composed of frogmen or combat divers.

JW Agat

JW Nil

Stra┼╝ Graniczna (SG)
Border Guard

Some border guard units equipped with the PIAP IBIS unmanned ground vehicle.

Policja (Police)
National level anti-terrorist unit.

Regional level SWAT like anti-terrorist units.

Rifleman's Association

Polish Intelligence Agencies

Polish Companies
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ)- Polish Armaments Group. State owned conglomerate of numerous defense companies.
PZL Mielec
WB Electronics
Stocznia Marynarki Wojennej Polish navy shipyard
Gdansk shipyard
Przemyslowy Instytut Automatyki Pomiarow (PIAP)

Polish Armed Forces pictures

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