MILMAG - The Military Magazine

Single offer for Mustang program

MILMAG magazine was informed by Armament Inspectorate that only one offer was submitted in the proceedings for public procurement of high-mobility passenger/heavy goods vehicle. Offer was produced by joint venture of Radom-based Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Wojskowe Zaklady Motoryzacyjne from Poznań. Ford Ranger is the vehicle offered.

A prototype of Ford Ranger military variant modified by WZM Poznań / Photo: WZM Poznań

Proceedings started on 23 July 2017 and concerned delivery of 882 vehicles with the deadline of 2022. Two variants of such vehicles are encompassed by the proceedings. 841 of unarmored and 41 of armored trucks. Neither deadline, nor the planned amount of vehicles were changed.

Proceedings conditions were revealed 2 years ago and stipulated that vehicles shall be new, with the manufacture date corresponding with order completion date. All trucks should be 4 wheel drive and both full-time and part-time 4x4 are allowed. It should carry 9 people (driver and 8 passengers) for the unarmored version and 5 people (driver and 4 passengers) for the armored variant.

GVW for the unprotected truck can`t exceed 3500 kg with a carrying capacity of 1000 kg (600 kg for the protected variant). Vehicles should be powered by diesel engine with power-to weight ratio of no less than 47 BHP (Brake Horse Power) per 1000kg. All trucks has to have unified transmissions, engine, steering and equipment.

Wading depth of 500 mm (without preparation) and 650 mm (with preparation) is a must. So are the Run-Flat tires. Winch is to be capable of pulling the 100% of vehicle`s GVW and have a cable of no less than 25 m.

For armored variant, STANAG 4569 protection level 1 is required for both kinetic energy and blast resistance. 20 companies presented their vehicles in response to Mustang`s technical dialogue which started in June 2014. Presented trucks ranged from light 4x4s to mine-resistant vehicles

The only high-mobility passenger/heavy goods vehicle currently present in Polish Armed Forces is HMMWV (assigned name Tumak in Polish means marten). Contract from November 2013 secured delivery of 217 HMMWVs` in different variants (96 M1043A2, 60 M1025A2, 31 M1097A2, 18 M1045A2, 9 M1097A2 i 3 M1035A2).

Polish Special Forces also use Tumaks`s, as well as small number of Toyota Hiluxes`. Military Police and Military Fire Service utilize recently purchased Isuzu D-Max and Ford Ranger trucks.

Vehicles chosen in Mustang program will replace Honker 4x4. These were manufactured for 19 years (1988-1997) by Fabryka Samochodów Rolniczych. Production resumed in 2009 under the DZT Tyminscy/Fabryka Samochodów Honker. Newest model Honker 2000 is the predominant in Armed Forces. Not only Honkers but also old soviet UAZ469 and Mercedes-Benz G class will be replaced by Mustangs.

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