- PZA Loara
caption=The PZA Loara anti-aircraft vehicle
Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun
primary_armament=2 × 35 mm autocannon
crew=3 (commander, driver, gunner)
The system was developed by
Polandin the late 1990s. Based around the chassis of the PT-91"Twardy" tank, system mounts an armored turret holding two OerlikonKDA 35 mm cannons linked to a radar-based fire control system. It was planned that it would work closely together with the PZR Loara (anti-aircraft missile system) vehicles built on the basis of the PZA Loara but that project was cancelled.
The Loara is an autonomous fire unit capable of performing its tasks independently or acting as a component in a wider air defence system. The system has two radars, a 3D search radar and an engagement radar. The search radar has a range of 26 km and is capable of tracking and identifying up to 64 targets at once. The radar system can also be operated on the move, refreshing its data every second. The system also has a laser range-finder, TV and
FLIRcameras giving the system both all-weather day/night capabilities and the ability to operate entirely passively in a heavy ECM environment. The system also has a reaction time of under 10 seconds.
The system can engage aircraft flying at very low altitudes up to 5,000 m, and flying at speeds of up to 500 m/s. It is also effective against lightly armored ground and naval targets.
Currently the only user of this system is the
Polish armywhich ordered a small number of theseanti-aircraft artillery systems.
*flag|Poland: 2 + 48 on order.
*flag|India: 100 on order (unconfirmed). [ [http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Polands-Bumar-A-Major-Sale-to-India-04789/ Poland’s Bumar: A Major Sale to India?] ]
It was awarded two awards at International Defence Industry show in
*Grand Prix 2004
* [http://www.radwar.com.pl/eng/eng/prmi_loa.htm PZA Loara at the manufacturer's web site (in English).]
* [http://www.hsw.pl/eng/s_kda_p.php 35 mm cannon KDA at the manufacturer's web site (in English).]
* [http://www.militarium.net/wojska_ladowe/loara.php More information about PZA Loara (in Polish).]
* [http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=3390360&c=EUR&s=ALL/Indian defence orders from India for Polish armoured behicles.]
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