Seventeen foreign and Polish defense companies have applied to participate in the technical dialogues to supply new light tanks and tracked infantry fighting vehicles to Poland’s Army.
The local companies include Polish Defense Holdings subsidiary OBRUM, PCO S.A., KenBIT, Huta Stalowa Wola, WB Electronics, Etronika, ZM Tarnow, IMS-Griffin, M.K. Szuster, Aycomm and Radiotechnika Marketing. Foreign manufacturers and their subsidiaries include the UK’s BAE Systems, France’s Nexter and Thales, Germany’s Rheinmetall and PSM Projekt System & Management, Rheinmetall’s joint venture with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, and Sweden’s Saab.
The technical dialogue for the light tank program is expected to take about two months, and the prototype is scheduled for completion in 2016, local news site Defence24.pl reported. The Polish military is aiming to acquire about 300 tanks with a weight of up to 35 tons to replace the country’s outdated T-72s.Under the technical dialogue terms, the new infantry fighting vehicles are to be offered in a combat support and technical support variant, according to the Armament Inspectorate.