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Anders WPB Multirole Combat Platform

The WPB Anders (Polish: Wielozadaniowa Platforma Bojowa Anders i.e. Anders Multirole Combat Platform) is a family of medium, tracked combat vehicles. The vehicle is designed by OBRUM ( Polish: Osrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Urzadzen Mechanicznych Research and Development Center for Mechanical Appliances) part of the Bumar Group.

It is named for Wladyslaw Anders, a general of the Polish Army during World War II and later a politician in the Polish government-in-exile. During World War I he served in the 1st Squadron of the 1st Krechowiecki Lancers Regiment in the Tsar's army. After the war he was apppointed leader of the 15th Poznanski Lancer's Regiment in the newly formed Polish army - a regiment he led into battle during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919. He rose to the rank of General. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, the Novogrodek Cavalry Brigade under General Anders' command fought at Lidzbark. The Germans were so overwhelming in men and materiel that Anders had to withdraw.

After the Soviets invaded, Anders was captured by the Red Army and deported to the infamous Lubyanka prison in Moscow. after Germany's attack on the Soviet Union, Stalin ordered the release of Wladyslaw Anders from prison, with the intention of forming a Polish army on Soviet soil. By August 4, 1941 General Sikorski named Wladyslaw Anders as commander of the new Polish army. Among the recruits was Menachem Begin, future Prime Minister of Israel. By the end of WW2, the Soviets had installed a communist puppet regime in Poland and began hunting Polish soldiers and officers who were deemed "enemies of the state". Anders maintained a prominent role in the Polish government-in-exile, and as inspector-general of the Polish forces-in-exile. General Anders lived the rest of his life in England, but never applied for British citizenship. He died on May 12, 1970, and at his request was buried with his men at the Polish Cemetary at Monte Cassino.

The Fire Support Vehicle, built on the combat platform of the 21st century, was a centerpiece of the 2010 defence exhibition in Kielce. The unveiling ceremony, on the first day of the MSPO fair, was performed by Anna Anders, the youngest daughter of General Anders, with the BUMAR stand being the venue. The Fire Support Vehicle was also named after the General and, which was emphasized by president of the BUMAR holding, Edward Nowak, during the unveiling, with this event the tradition of naming innovative military vehicles after Poland's national heroes was established.

The "Polish Light Tank" Fire Support Vehicles were based on the 21st century combat platform - a fruit of the hard and extensive work that has been carried out by engineers and researchers as well as by all those creating the manufacturing potential of the Polish defence industry. This development project was being implemented by OBRUM, the Military University of Technology (WAT) and Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne in Siemianowice Slaskie, with finance provided by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The Bumar Group, which developed its first fighting vehicle in a long time, hopes that this modern fire support vehicle, built in compliance with the latest NATO standards defined on the basis of the experience gained in Iraq and Afghanistan, enables this defence holding to continue supplying the army with its armoured equipment. It will also be a chance to get the production going at Zaklady Mechaniczne in Labedy, a tank manufacturer which was undergoing a restructuring.

With the solutions and components adopted in its design, the Fire Support Vehicle can be classified into the world's main MBT vehicles as a Generation III+ technology. Its low combat weight and high ballistic protection levels (basic version - level 3+, with add-on armour - 5+, with mine protection system - 3) according to STANAG 4569, in addition to its dimensions facilitating air transport make it suitable for utilization during military intervention and peace-keeping missions, both classic and asymmetric conflicts, including rural and mountainous areas, in any geographical locations. It can be used for the immediate relocation of four landing force soldiers.

Quick add-on features:

  • additional armor, including a reactive one,
  • high-tech anti-tank missile protection system,
  • sapper equipment to be installed at the front of the chassis,
  • gun nest identification system,
  • command variant option, other.

Its chassis, designed as a multi-purpose modular platform, can be additionally equipped (sapper and reconnaissance systems, medical assistance, radio station, and other) to meet standards required of special fighting vehicles in the battlefield.

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