The Polish Ministry of Defense took delivery of the first batch of 100 Ford Ranger XLT tactical, all-terrain vehicles. The handover ceremony took place today at the premises of the 2nd Regional Logistics Base in Warsaw. The event was presided by the Minister of Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak, and the head of the Armed Forces Support Inspectorate, Major General Dariusz Ryczkowski.
The vehicles were delivered by the Polish-Czech consortium of Glomex MS Polska (leader) and Glomex MS under the terms of the agreement signed on 31st March.
The original contract covered delivery of Nissan Navara vehicles. However, the an annex to the agreement was signed on 31st May, which changed the selected platform to Ford Ranger.
Altogether, the contract calls for delivery of up to 648 all-terrain vehicles, including 163 as an option. The agreement has a value of less than 120 million Polish Zloty ($33 million).
Ford Rangers will replace in the inventory of the Polish Army a number of currently operated, obsolete vehicles, such as locally designed Honker 4x4 in various configurations: baseline, Honker 2324, Honker 2000, Honker 2000 2N, Honker Skorpion-3, ZWD-3, WD-2001, ZWD-99bat, as well as Soviet-era UAZ469 and Mercedes-Benz vehicles.