The Armament Inspectorate announced that the release regarding the public procurement procedure, the aim of which is to deliver passenger-heavy goods vehicle with high mobility, a.k.a. Mustang, received 14 offers in reply. The new vehicles are going to replace the Honker cars which are being currently utilized by the Polish Army.
A lot of companies have expressed their interest. This is because the procedure, which is being carried out in line with the Public procurement law, concerns delivery of 882 examples of the high-mobility passenger/heavy goods vehicles in two variants: non-armoured (841 examples) and armoured one (41 examples). The whole procurement is planned to be realized between 2016 and 2022.
The Armament Inspectorate received 14 requests. This number is lower than the number of companies which were involved in the technical dialogue. However, some of the requests regarding the acceptance of the offer in the procedure, were placed by several companies. Thus, the number of the competing companies and enterprises may go up.
According to the information provided to Defence24 by Lt. Col. Małgorzata Ossolińska, spokesperson of the Armament Inspectorate, the following companies have submitted their applications:
The request placing deadline expired on 8th September 2015, however, the acceptance period was prolonged by the Armament Inspectorate until 8th October, due to the number of the submitted questions.
Still, the detailed specification of the subject-matter of the procurement has not been revealed to the public, it would be only provided for the contractors invited to place their initial offers. We know though, that it is planned that the vehicle is going to be acquired in two body variants:
The Armament Inspectorate did not approve the proposal to make it possible to transport less persons in the armoured variant, which has been placed by one of the companies.
All of the supplied vehicles are to be new and they should be fitted with a 4x4 drivetrain and a diesel engine, with power output of at least 35 kilowatts per tonne. They should be capable of overcoming at least 0.5 m deep water obstacles by wading (without any preparations) or at least 0.65 m deep water obstacles, with prior preparation. Finally, the new vehicles should feature a hoist with a pulling strength of at least 100% of TTPM, with at least 25 m long cable.