WARSAW — Poland’s Ministry of Defense has launched a tender to acquire 104 new battlefield reconnaissance radars, with bids to be submitted by Oct. 21.

The ministry's Armament Inspectorate said in a statement it will select five bidders who will be invited to the next stage of the procedure. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed by 2023.

According to the initial technical requirements for the procurement, which were released last year, the radars are to enhance the mobile surveillance capability of the Polish military. They are to weigh no more than 25 kilograms each and be operable and be enabled to be operated by a maximum of two troops.

The equipment should be able to detect troops within a 10-kilometer radius, helicopters and light military vehicles within a radius of 15 kilometer, and tanks within a 24-kilometer radius, according to the released document. The radars should be able to operate in the 10 GHz to18 GHz spectrum.

The estimated value of the planned procurement, which is to be carried out as part of Poland's ongoing military modernization efforts, was not disclosed by the ministry. The country's military upgrade and overhaul program for 2013 to 2022 is to total some 139 billion zloty (US $36.9 billion).

Email: jadamowski@defensenews.com

Jaroslaw Adamowski is the Poland correspondent for Defense News.

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