Poland will buy more than 500 Ukrainian dynamic protection systems to modernize its T-72 tanks, the director of the state-owned company Basic Centre of Critical Technologies Microtech, Serhiyy Shvydkoy, has told the Defence Industry Courier news agency.
"Following successful tests, [Ukrainian arms concern] Ukroboronservis has signed a contract with one of the Polish companies to supply more than 500 of our dynamic protection systems. Poland has a very large stock of T-72 tanks, more than 900 items, and as they switch to equipment made by NATO member states, they intend to upgrade 500 of them and sell them to a third party," Shvydkoy said.
According to him, Microtech is taking part in this project by providing dynamic protection while the Kharkiv-based Morozov design bureau is taking care of turret modernization.
"In January, we underwent expository certification in Poland in the presence of WITU (Wojskowy Instytut Techniczny Uzbrojenia, Military Institute of Defence Technologies) representatives. That is, it is the first NATO member state to certify our products and order our systems, although they have their own dynamic protection ERAWA-1 and ERAWA-2, which have not been accepted into service by the Polish uniformed agencies," he said.