The Polish-developed Baobab-K scattered minelaying system is highly appreciated, even said to be superior to the famous Russian Zemledeliye.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on June 14, during a visit to the Huta Stalowa Wola SA enterprise, signed a contract to supply the Polish Army with the latest Baobab-K minelaying systems. 24 Baobab-K systems (as well as logistics and training services) worth 510 million zloty, or about $124.4 million, will be delivered in 2026 – 2028.
The purchase of a modern scattered minelaying system is especially important for Poland, because as Defense 24 reports, the Poles are currently “in charge” of a large area with only a few engineer minelaying systems ISM Kroton. The ISM Kroton complex is based on Huta Stalowa Wola’s Opal-II armored personnel carrier and is equipped with a UMN minelaying system. In addition, the Polish Army previously used the Kalina self-propelled minelayer, which can hold up to 125 anti-tank mines, but only in relatively small quantities.
It should be noted that Baobab-K is a Polish domestic development, it is based on the highly maneuverable Jelcz P882.53 8×8 truck chassis, consists of six mine launcher modules. BAOBAB-K will make it possible to enhance the capabilities of the Polish Armed Forces within the scope of completing engineering support missions by the engineering units through automatic, self-propelled scattered minelaying, within selected areas.
The system utilizes MN-123 anti-tank mines launched in specific directions and patterns around the moving base platform. The system makes it possible to create mine barriers of varying densities, capable of neutralizing and destroying enemy vehicles. The crew consists of 2 soldiers seated in an armored cabin. Additional equipment includes a UHF radio and an intercom. Passive protection is ensured by the OBRA self-defence system with 8 smoke grenade launchers on top of the cabin.
BAOBAB-K can carry up to 600 MN-123 anti-tank mines that can be activated immediately or with a delay, with a programmed self-destruction option. The launchers feature 20 barrels, 5 mines each. The reloading can happen with the use of an integrated crane unit. The minelaying process can be fully automated, with manual control also possible. When creating a minefield, the depth of the field complies with the required density, while the coordinates and parameters of the minefield created are recorded on digital maps.
The Jelcz truck chassis has a length of 11m, a height of 3.4m, and a width of 2.6m. It has a combat weight of 31.7 tons. The truck has a range of 580km on off-road conditions and 1,650km on paved roads. It can attain a maximum speed of 85km/h. Baobab-K can lay mines from the vehicle axis to a range of 30m to 90m at a speed between 5km/h and 25km/h. It can lay a minefield of up to 1,800m long with the potential to lay on the sides and rear of the vehicle.
The BAOBAB-K scattered mine-laying system is a modern weapon that can be considered a serious argument in the Polish policy of deterrence. The potential that the Polish defense industry offers is growing thanks to investments by the Polish government and thanks to the expansion of businesses, such as Huta Stalowa Wola. Compared to Russia’s famous Zemledeliye minelaying complex, Baobap-K is much more appreciated in terms of the level of digitization in combat, as well as the number of mines it carries much more.