Polish Border Guard Acquires 1.5 Million 9x19 mm Parabellum Rounds. Observation Towers To Be Erected Near The Kaliningrad Oblast Border.

Photo: Straż Graniczna
Photo: Straż Graniczna

Polish Border Guard is carrying out procedures, which would ultimately make it possible to acquire 1.5 million 9x19 mm Parabellum rounds, along with 24 patrol vehicles. An initiative, the aim of which is to erect observation towers equipped with optoelectronic equipment, near the Kaliningrad Oblast, is also being realized.

According to the public procurement information release, the final offer placing deadline regarding the full metal jacket 9x19 mm Parabellum pistol ammunition, expires on 23rd April, 11:00 AM. The ammo is to be utilized along with the PM-98 Glauberyt, MP-5 and UMP machine pistols and Glock, CZ and P-99 pistols.

The Border Guard plans to procure factory-new ammunition, manufactured not earlier than in 2014. It is stressed that the guarantee period is not to be shorter than 5 years.  The offers are to be assessed within the scope of the deadline for delivery of the first lot of the order (weighted at 10%) and price (weight of which is assessed at the level of 90%). The contract is to be concluded and realized until 11th December this year.

Polish border patrol service is also carrying out a procedure which is to result in procurement of 24 factory-new patrol vehicles, with an option of procuring another 12 vehicles in the future. These vehicles need to be manufactured in 2015 and they need to belong to M1 category (passenger cars). They are to be delivered with multi-purpose or station-wagon body. This order would be partially funded from the European Union External Borders Fund. It is to be finalized until 22nd June this year.

Warmian-Masurian Border Guard Unit is also carrying out works, the objective of which is to erect observation towers close to the Russian (Kaliningrad Oblast) border. The towers are to be equipped with electro-optical observation systems that would make it possible to conduct operations at night and during the day, in “almost any” weather conditions. The programme is co-funded by the European Union External Borders Fund.

Financing of the latter project - “Construction Of The Observation Towers On Locations Within The Territory Under The Jurisdiction Of The Warmian-Masurian Border Guard Unit” - had been approved back in 2013, before the Ukrainian crisis even started. Aim of that programme is to raise the level of border security, without employing additional Border Guard officers. According to the information provided to the Polish Press Agency (Polska Agencja Prasowa), the observation towers should be ready for operational use until the end of the second quarter of this year.