On the 1st of June Polish Armed Forces Support Inspectorate reported on signing frame agreements with Polish armament industry companies on spare parts for Leopard 2A4 and 2A5 tanks used by Polish Army.

The binding process was started in December last year and the conclusion took place on 30th of April this year. Ultimately, the Polish Treasure will pay PLN528 mln no VAT for those parts – each of the ten entities may deliver a bundle worth PLN52,8 mln no VAT. The selected companies are: Pagacz i Synowie Sp. z o.o., Ankol Sp. z o.o., Mario International Technology & Service Sp. z o.o., PZM Wimet Zbigniew Wiśniewski Sp. J., Zakłady Mechaniczne „Bumar – Łabędy” S.A., Claymore sp. z o.o. sp. k., Megmar Logistics & Consulting Sp. z o.o., Kafar Bartłomiej Sztukiert, Marco Pablo Sp. z o.o. and Fin Sp. z o.o. According to the information – delivered by the contractors that the frame agreement was signed with, they are entitled to participate in the procedure aimed at selecting the Contractor for the production (executive) agreement. The detailed criteria of the offers assessment will be described in specification sent to the contractors along with the application invitation to participate in the executive stage.

The first Leopard 2 tanks batch arrived in Poland between 2002-2003 – 128 A4 version. In 2013 the agreement was signed to purchase the second batch – 14 A4 and 105 A5. All of the vehicles came from Bundeswehr surplus equipment. Contemporary, the Leopard 2A4 tanks to 2PL standard modernisation programme has been scheduled. The first twelve came to Polish Army in 2020, and 14 more are expected to arrive this year.

At present, the Leopard 2 tanks have been one of the three vehicle types in Polish Army. Apart from them, there are also PT-91 Twardy and T-72. The latter are undergoing a thorough renovation process combined with retrofitting.

By Defence Industry News (Photo: Polish MoD)