German and Polish companies working on amphibious vehicle?
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German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) are working in armoured amphibious vehicles which will be used by the Polish army, writes a German daily.
German Rheinmetall has experience in building military vehicles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
To this end, the two companies will form a joint venture, the Düsseldorf business-oriented Handelsblatt writes, citing a source in Rheinmetall.
The amphibious armored vehicle is also intended to be exported in the future.
Both companies intend to begin work on an amphibian, which is to serve primarily as a reconnaissance vehicle, this year.
Production is expected to start in three or four years, the daily writes, adding that Poland wants to buy around 200 amphibian vehicles with a total value of EUR 300 million.
As the newspaper notes, Poland is one of the few countries that increase defence spending. The new amphibious vehicles are set to replace Soviet machines currently used by the Polish army.
Meanwhile, the Polish Armed Forces has conducted satisfactory tests on the Caracal helicopters produced by France's Airbus Helicopters. The deal which was preliminary signed last month now moves on to the next stage. (rg)