Armed Forces

Polish Armed Forces Acquire Long Range Reconnaissance Vehicles

The Armament Inspectorate has started a procedure, aim of which is to acquire long range reconnaissance vehicles for the Armed Forces. The programme is known under the name of “Żmija” (Polish for “Viper”).

Aim of the procedure is to procure 118 “Żmija” long range reconnaissance vehicles within the period between 2016 and 2022. The new vehicles are going to have a dry weight of less than 1700 kg, and maximum permissible weight which is not to exceed 2600 kg.

According to the information provided by the Armament Inspectorate, the “Żmija” vehicles, with a 4x4 drive-train, are to be capable of transporting 3 persons (driver, commander and gunner), along with the relevant armament and cargo, mass of which is not to be lower than 900 kilograms. This would make it possible to conduct 7-day long reconnaissance operations.

The vehicles to be acquired need to possess capabilities of being deployed via the means of road and airborne means of transport. In the latter case the Inspectorate refers to the C-130E Hercules cargo aircraft and to transport operations involving the vehicle hung under the helicopter. What is more, “Żmija” reconnaissance cars should be parachutable. Options of getting them deployed via the railway network or maritime transportation are to be  be available as well. Ballistic protection at level 1 of the bottom, according to the STANAG 4569 norm, is another of the requirements of the tender which is being carried out by the Armament Inspectorate.

It is noted that engine power rating for the new vehicles shall not be lower than 90 kW per unit. When it comes to the supplementary equipment, the vehicles should be fitted with a winch, capable of pulling at least 65% of the permissible total weight of the vehicle. Additionally the “Żmijas” are going to be equipped with run-flat tyres, with a mounting diameter of at least 15 inches.

The task is to be realized by the subjects which have a seat, or address, located within the territory of the European Union or the European Economic Area. Alternatively, the manufacturer may come from one of the countries, in case of which an agreement regarding defence and security procurement has been signed by the EU and Poland.  The proceedings would be realized through negotiations. Weighted criteria of price (weight of 85%) and guarantee deadline (15%) would play a key role here.