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UK seeks new RCVs for explosive ordnance disposal

The UK MoD is seeking to acquire 50 medium-sized EOD RCVs. Pictured here is the L3Harris T7 robot in use with the UK Task Group's EOD team. (Crown Copyright)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking to procure 50 medium-sized remote-controlled vehicles (RCVs) as part of project Dartrose.

A total of GBP25 million (USD29 million) is available for the procurement, which includes 10-year through-life maintenance, the MoD announced on 25 August.

The contract is expected to start on 25 March 2024. The MoD had not responded to questions at the time of publication.

In October 2020 a request for information (RFI) was issued for project Dartrose to inform the potential acquisition and support of ‘Remote Controlled Explosive Ordnance Disposal Vehicles'. The Remote Controlled Vehicles Delivery Team (SAM RCV DT) will be responsible for the acquisition, the RFI added.

The team stipulated a requirement for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) RCVs that weigh approximately 60–140 kg, with only minor modifications expected. The provision of ‘Train the Trainer' maintenance is also required.

Deliveries were scheduled to run from 30 September 2021 to 29 September 2026, the RFI noted.

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