Poland has issued a tender to upgrade part of its fleet of 28 Bergepanzer 2 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs).
The Polish Land Forces plan to upgrade eight Bergepanzer 2s to the WZT-BPz (PL) standard in 2018–22, with an option to modernise another 20 ARVs in the same period or after 2022.
The process is to be conducted outside of the ‘Public Procurement Law’, as the requirement is considered vital to state security, meaning that only companies controlled directly (state-owned) or indirectly by the Polish government are allowed to compete in the tender. This narrows down the number of potential bidders to companies belonging to the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ, Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa).
The offers are to be submitted by 30 October.
The upgraded WZT-BPz(PL)s are to have a more powerful engine and must be able to tow armoured vehicles weighing at least 65 tonnes, including Leopard 2PL/2A5 tanks.
In addition to a crane rated to 30 tonnes, an upgraded main winch, and a combat recovery system, including an auxiliary winch, to allow the safe recovery of an MBT without the crews of either the tank or the ARV having to exit their vehicles, additional armour, anti-mine protection, an anti-rocket propelled grenade protection system, as well as new explosion suppression and fire protection systems also feature in the modernisation requirements.
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