May. 29, 2012 By JAROSLAW ADAMOWSKI – Defense News
WARSAW — The Polish Ministry of Defense has announced it is inviting offers from manufacturers to supply the Polish armed forces with 118 Light Strike Vehicles (LSVs).
The four-wheel-drive vehicles are expected to carry a crew of at least three and weigh a maximum of 1.7 tons, the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate said in a statement.
The new LSVs are intended to be supplied to the country’s Special Operations Forces, which are currently deployed to the Afghan province of Ghazni.
Under the ministry’s preliminary requirements, the vehicles must have a minimum range of 497 miles, a maximum speed of at least 63 mph on-road, and an off-road maximum speed of at least 38 mph. The LSVs are also to be equipped with blast-absorbing seats and four-point seat belts.
Offers, including the vehicles’ technical specification, eventual delivery schedule, price tag and utilization costs, are to be submitted to the Armament Inspectorate by June 6, 2012, at the latest, the statement said.
The LSVs are to be fitted with 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine guns, and 40mm automatic grenade launchers, according to the Polish ministry.