Armed Forces

Rosomak BMS Tender Cancelled. New Procurement Procedure To Involve State Treasury-Controlled Entities

The Armament Inspectorate has cancelled the procedure, the aim of which was to grant a public procurement contract regarding the battalion-level battlefield management system, also known as the ROSOMAK BMS. The decision has been justified by reassessment of the basic national security interest, carried out by the Polish Minister of Defence. The negotiation procedure related to the new tender is going to involve solely entities which are being controlled by the Treasury.

n the light of the by reassessment of the basic national security interest, carried out by the Polish Minister of Defence, the tender which was being carried out so far has been cancelled on 15th June this year.

Head of the Polish Armament Inspectorate, Brig. General Adam Duda

As it was noted by General Adam Duda, during the meeting of the Parliamentary Commission on National Defence which took place yesterday, the Ministry is going to, immediately, initiate the new procedure. The new tender assumes that invitation is going to be sent, pertaining to the negotiation process, “solely to the subjects which are being controlled by the Treasury”, as it was added by Duda. The agreement conclusion date is going to be dependent on the term and on the results of the negotiation procedure. In practical terms, the above means that the Polish private entities will not be in possession of a right to get involved in the tender autonomously.

Polish Ministry of Defence is planning to equip the Polish soldiers with a net-centric C4ISR class (Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) suite. The tender, regarding the procurement of the battle management systems at the battalion level was initiated in mid-2015. The procedure was being realized by the Armament Inspectorate under the name of “Rosomak BMS”. The initial examples of the Rosomak APC were to be equipped with the new system in 2017, but due to the fact that the proceedings were cancelled, the deadline is going to be, most certainly, extended. 

What is being planned by the Polish Ministry of Defence? 

As it was stressed by General Duda yesterday, the core element of the programme is focused on equipping the Rosomak APC with the BMS system. The programme implemented by the Ministry assumes that complex command support is going to be acquired, within the scope of battlefield management, for the units operating at the tactical level. As Duda noted, the new BMS system is going to be embedded both within the single infantry team APCs, as well as in the support combat vehicles, with the latter platforms being used at the platoon, company, and at the battalion level.

Initially, the system is expected to be integrated partially within the structures of the five infantry battalions which are using the Rosomak APCs fitted with the HITFIST-30 turrets. The second stage assumes that the system is going to be delivered and received by another three battalions which have the Rosomak APC at their disposal, however, here we mean the platforms using the remotely controlled turret modules. Then, the BMS is planned to be integrated with other platforms, including the main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and “the remaining elements of the above-listed motorized infantry battalions”. 

According to the information released by General Duda last year, valid requests regarding the involvement in the procedure were placed by the following entities: consortium involving the PGZ, PIT-Radwar and KenBIT companies, consortium involving the Comarch company along with the Air Force Institute of technology, and a consortium led by Asseco Poland, also involving the Teldat, Siltec, Enigma and CMGI companies, along with the Military University of Technology.