On 13 th March the 2nd Regional Logistic Base (2. Regionalna Baza Logistyczna) in Warsaw announced the decision to select Nissan Navara 4x4 as the future, all-terrain tactical vehicles for the Polish Armed Forces. According to the statement, Poland will procure 485 vehicles of this type, plus additional 150 as an option. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2020 and run through to 2022.
New all-terrain vehicles for the Polish Armed Forces will be delivered by a consortium of Glomex MS Polska (leader) and Glomex MS. The cost of the procurement programme will be at least 98,5 million Polish Zloty (€22 million).
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.
‘The era of Honker vehicles in the Polish Armed Forces comes to an end. We finalized the tender for procurement of new all-terrain, tactical vehicles for our soldiers’, the head of the Polish Ministry of Defense (MoD), Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Twitter.
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.