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Three bids for Mustang

The 2nd Regional Logistic Base (2. Regionalna Baza Logistyczna) in Warsaw informed that three companies decided to take part in the tender to procure a number of all-terrain tactical vehicles for the Polish Armed Forces under the ‘Mustang’ programme.

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 Defense has been unsuccessfully trying to select the favourable replacement platform for the past four years / Picture: Polish MoD

Among the companies, which submitted their bids, are: a consortium of Glomex MS Polska (leader) and Glomex MS, DEMARKO and STEELER Marcin Piasecki. It is expected that at least two bidders, DEMARKO and STEELER Marcin Piasecki, decided to offer a variant of Nissan Navara 4x4 vehicle (Poland looks for tactical vehicles, 2020-02-04).

Under the Mustang programme Poland wants to procure 485 all-terrain tactical vehicles, plus additional 150 as an option. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2020 and run through to 2022.

‘Soon the Polish Army will receive at least 485 new all-terrain vehicles, which will replace obsolete Honker vehicles. (…) Selection of the most favourable offer is expected shortly’ said the Polish Minister of Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak.

This is the 6th attempt to procure new generation all-terrain tactical vehicle for the Polish Army. The previous five, three of which were launched by the Armaments Inspectorate, failed to meet their goal, as the offers submitted by particular local and international manufactures exceeded the procurement budget (Mustang for the fifth time, 2019-10-19).

The new all-terrain vehicles are to replace the currently operated family of Honker 4x4 vehicles, UAZ469 and some of Mercedes-Benz, which no longer meet the requirements of the modern battlefield and don’t provide its crews with appropriate protection due to their obsolescence.

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