Australia’s Hawkei is among four other armoured vehicles to advance to the next phase of the Polish government’s procurement process.
The Polish Ministry for National Defence has shortlisted four bids for the supply of armoured personnel protection vehicles to its military.
Thales Group’s Hawkei — a seven-tonne, 4×4, new generation protected vehicle with a three-tonne payload — is among the candidates to progress to the next stage of the procurement process, which also includes:
- Fortress MK2 —offered by France-based Arquus and Poland’s H. Cegielski-Poznan facility;
- Patriot II — manufactured by Polish firm Huta Stalowa Wola and Czech group Tatra Export; and
- Polish manufacturer AMZ Kutno’s Tur V vehicle.
The Polish Ministry of National Defence is expected to provide the candidates with technical specifications regarding the military’s needs later this year.
As part of the ministry’s plan, the successful candidate will be required to produce the vehicles in Poland, with the first units scheduled to be delivered to the military two years after the contract is awarded.
In October 2015, the Australian government signed an agreement with Thales Australia for the acquisition and support of 1,100 Hawkei vehicles and 1,058 companion trailers, for use in “command, liaison, utility and reconnaissance roles”.
The vehicles are being specifically developed to meet the ADF’s requirements for survivability, mobility, payload, communications, usability and sustainability.