Huta Stalowa Wola SA will manufacture and supply the Polish Armed Forces with 48 Krab self-propelled howitzers along with related equipment, 22 command vehicles, 12 ammunition transport vehicles and 2 mobile workshops for equipment repair, said Krzysztof Platek, a spokesman for the Armaments Agency of the Polish Ministry of National Defense.
The contract will be implemented in 2025-2027, its value exceeds PLN 3.8 billion (EUR 807.7 million or USD 805.3 million).
AHS Krab is a Polish self-propelled howitzer of 155 mm caliber standard for NATO countries. It uses a modified chassis from the South Korean K9 Thunder self-propelled guns and a licensed turret from the British AS-90 self-propelled guns with a 52-caliber barrel. The effective firing range is 30 km, the maximum is 40 km.
Krab was adopted by the Polish Land Forces in 2008. In 2022, Poland transferred part of its Krab self-propelled guns and command vehicles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Howitzers are actively used in the fighting of the war with Russia.