Piorun ManPADs for Polish army
Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz has signed a deal to buy new Piorun short-range man-portable air defense systems, developed by local defense company Mesko. The deal is worth almost 932 million zloty (US $220 million). Under the deal, the Polish Armed Forces will acquire 1,300 missiles and 420 missile launchers.
The Piorun, translated roughly to thunderbolt, is an upgraded version of the Grom MANPAD. Based in Skarzysko-Kamienna, in Poland’s south, Mesko is a subsidiary of Poland’s state-run defense group PGZ. The company specializes in making missile systems and ammunition.
The Piorun missiles have a longer range (GROM missiles reach distances of 5.5 kilometers and altitudes of 3.5 kilometers), are capable of striking targets at higher altitudes and offer more resistance to countermeasures.