WARSAW, Poland — Poland's Ministry of Defence has launched the tender to acquire a battlefield management system (BMS) for its fleet of eight-wheel drive Rosomak armored modular vehicles (AMV). In line with the new approach presented by the ministry, under which Poland is seeking to steer defense contracts to local manufacturers, state-run companies were the only ones invited to participate in the tender.

"It is expected that, in the long-term, the [BMS] will be installed onboard about 4,000 combat platforms," the ministry's Armament Inspectorate said in a statement.

In the first phase of the procurement, 16 vehicles will be fitted with the BMS. The second phase will see the system installed onboard a further 44 AMVs. In the procurement's third phase, the BMS will be provided to 250 Rosomaks. In total, 310 AMVs are to be covered by the system. The procurement is to be completed within a period of four years and two months following the signing of the deal, according to the Armament Inspectorate.

Under the released terms, companies in which the Polish Treasury does not have a stake of more than 50 percent or names more than 50 percent of its management board cannot take part in the tender.

The Rosomak is manufactured by the state-owned Rosomak S.A., a military-vehicle plant based in Siemianowice Slaskie, in Poland's southwestern part. The AMV is produced under a license from Finland's Patria.

The value of the planned deal was not disclosed by the Defence Ministry.