WARSAW — The Polish Ministry of Defense has obtained three offers from manufacturers interested in bidding in the country’s planned anti-aircraft system tender.
Germany's Rheinmetall, the UK’s BAE Systems and Poland’s leading defense group, PGZ, are to take part in the technical dialogue of the program under which the ministry aims to replace the Navy’s outdated Soviet-designed S-60MB anti-aircraft guns, according to the ministry.
The new system should "be enabled to combat a wide range of airborne threats and light armored ground and naval targets," the ministry's Armament Inspectorate said in a statement.
None of the three companies have issued a statement regarding the tender.
The procurement is part of national efforts to modernize the Navy, which numerous Polish decision-makers consider as the military's most underinvested service.
“Our Navy is the most neglected component [of the Polish military],” Michal Jach, the head of the Polish parliament’s Defense Committee, told local news weekly Do Rzeczy in a Monday interview.
The 57mm gun is a variant of the Soviet-built AZP S-60, which was acquired by a number of states from the defunct Warsaw Pact in the 1950s.
Local news site Dziennikzbrojny.pl reported that PGZ will most likely bid its Hydra system for which the Polish group acquired a license to use the Oerlikon twin cannon.