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Poland holds on to Honker

On 17th December the 2nd Regional Logistic Base (2. Regionalna Baza Logistyczna, 2. RBLog.) in Warsaw informed that it cancelled the tender for procurement of a series of a general purpose utility/tactical vehicles, which were to replace legacy Honkers 4x4, that are widely operated in the Polish Armed Forces, but no longer meet the requirements of the modern battlefield.

For the fifth time Poland cancelled the tender for procurement of a series of new tactical vehicles, which were to replace currently operated, legacy Honker 4x4 vehicles / Picture: Remigiusz Wilk

The open tender procedure was officially launched on 14th October. It called for procurement of 635 general purpose utility/tactical vehicles, with deliveries expected to commence in 2020 and run through to 2022. Among these, 485 vehicles were to be procured under the base contract, plus additional 150 vehicles as an option.

The tender was officially cancelled due to the fact that all of the bids submitted by particular manufactures exceeded programme’s budget.

The Polish Army operates approx. 2 500 Honker vehicles in several configurations, including: Tarpan Honker, Honker 2324, Honker 2000 and Honker 2000 2N, as well as special purpose variants, such as Honker Skorpion-3, ZWD-3, WD-2001 or ZWD-99bat. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been unsuccessfully trying to select the favourable replacement platform for the past four years.

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