On May 11, Ministry Of Defense’s Armament Inspectorate (IU MON) signed contract for delivery of remote demining set for electric detonation of explosives MW (ZEW) for Polish Armed Forces. The request for tender was issues on November 21, 2017. On April 17, 2018 the Armament Inspectorate selected offer of consortium composed of Military Communication Works (WZŁ) No. 2, Military Institute Of Engineer Technology (WITI), and Military Engineering Works (WZINZ).
Total value of the contract reaches PLN 19.8 million (approximately USD 5.5 million) and includes delivery of 45 remote demining sets for electric detonation of explosives ME (ZEW): 14 as an initial order (worth PLN 6.16 million) and an option for 31 more (worth 13,64 million).
The offer was selected according to two criteria: price (88%) and warranty times (12%). Deliveries will take place in years 2018–2022. Remote demining sets will be send to warehouses of 3rd Regional Logistic Base in Dęblin.
Remote demining set for electric detonation of explosives MW (ZEW) was designed in 2014–2016 by Military Institute Of Engineer Technology at the IU MON request. For the design, WITI received Defender Award, granted during International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2016 in Kielce.
The set contains remote firing initiator, electric detonators, reels with two-wire demolition cable, reels with segment cable, with additional gear and transport crates. The main part of the set is the programmer allowing immediate or sequential discharge of detonators. The remote firing initiator allows connecting detonators in four separate discharge circuits from the distance of less than 250 meters, or via single discharge circuit up to 1000 meters. The set also works with ERG electric detonators and with elements of mining detonator grids.