WARSAW — The Polish Defense Ministry has launched a technical dialogue to select defense manufacturers willing to supply seven new biological reconnaissance vehicles to the Polish Army, the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate said in a statement.
According to the released technical specification, the designed high-mobility vehicle will have a medium loading capacity. The vehicle must carry a crew of seven and weigh a maximum of 16 tons. The seven vehicles are also to be enabled for air transport by the Lockheed C-130E Hercules aircraft. Polish Air Force has six such transport aircraft in its fleet.
Under the plan, the vehicle contract will also cover servicing and maintenance.
Applications are to be submitted by Sept. 30, according to the Armament Inspectorate. After the applications are reviewed, the ministry aims to meet with the manufacturers to discuss the technical and financial aspects of their initial offers by Oct. 18. The Polish ministry has already established a task team to handle the application and evaluation process.
Delivery of the vehicles to the Polish Army is scheduled for 2014.