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Poland opens tender for armoured recovery vehicles

10th September 2020 - 16:30 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira

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Focused on improving the mobility of its ground troops, the Armament Inspectorate of the Polish MoD is running a €428,000 ($506,000) tender to procure 29 armoured recovery vehicles (Kajman in Polish).

An MoD spokesperson told Shephard that the tender includes the option to acquire another 37 of these tracked armoured vehicles. Defence companies must submit applications to join the competition by 28 September.

The contract notice was published on the EU online tender database in late August.

Kajman will replace WZT-2 and WZT-3 vehicles currently in service with the Polish Armed Forces. Delivery of the new platforms is envisaged to be completed by November 2035.

Poland intends to field the vehicles for technical reconnaissance missions and recovery of heavy tracked platforms weighing more than 63t. As such, Kajman will operate with Leopard 2PL and Leopard 2A5 MBTs, as well as with Krab self-propelled howitzers.

Also, Kajman crews must be able to perform repair tasks of damaged military vehicles as well as to provide first aid to the wounded and injured.

Equipment on Kajman must include: a rotary lifting device; a ploughshare for removing damaged vehicles; two winches (main and auxiliary); an air-conditioning and heating system; an additional power generator; day-night observation and targeting devices; and an internal and external communication system.

In terms of lethality and protection, the MoD stipulates a remote-controlled armament module; a 'counter weapons of mass destruction system'; a contamination detection and filtering system; a ballistic and fire protection system; a combat recovery system; and an omnidirectional observation system.

The MoD spokesperson explained that, at this point, Poland has not a preferred model or supplier in mind for Kajman.

‘Due to the competitive tender procedure, the identification of potential contractors shall be possible after the deadline for submission of applications for participation in the procedure,’ the spokesperson pointed out.

Flavia Camargos Pereira

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Flavia Camargos Pereira is a land reporter at Shephard Media. She joined the company in …

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