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Latvia Finalises 4×4 Tactical Vehicle Selection

Two contenders photographed during evaluative trials, May 2018 [© Armīns Janiks]

The Latvian Ministry of Defence has begun the Final Selection of Preferred Bid for supply of light and medium 4×4 tactical vehicles based on operational and technical needs of National Armed Forces.

 

Press Release, August 2018: Negotiated procedure for purchase of light and medium 4×4 tactical vehicles was conducted in two stages. Twelve bidders submitted their bids for the negotiated procedure, of which six bidders were found by the Procurement Committee to be eligible for Phase 2 of negotiated procedure.

 

Oy Sisu Auto GTP 4×4 [© Armīns Janiks]

In Stage 2, Procurement Committee received four bids from: Oy Sisu Auto (Finland) – GTP 4×4; AM General (USA) – HMMWV; Paramount Group (South Africa) – Marauder LAV; and Otokar (Turkey) – Cobra. As required by the rules of negotiated procedure, National Armed Forces tested the proposed vehicles in May of 2018.

 

Testing focused on technical performance of vehicles and whether they meet the technical needs of National Armed Forces. Vehicles were tested both on public roads and in off-road conditions. This was the first time in history of NAF that it had to evaluate such vehicles, and proposed vehicles were tested by experts from almost all branches of NAF.

 

AM General HMMWV [© Armīns Janiks]

Procurement Committee had several rounds of negotiations with all four bidders to collect additional information and technical data about bids. Committee is currently reviewing the collected bid information.

 

Regulations of tender require selection experts to render their decision based on criteria like operational performance of vehicles, compliance with technical standards of NAF, price and security of supply.

 

Paramount Group Marauder LAV[© Armīns Janiks]

It had been previously reported that light and medium high-mobility armoured four-wheel drive (4×4) tactical vehicles will significantly promote the tactical mobility of Latvian Armed Forces. Tactical mobility is a key feature of combat readiness of army units and shortage of transport platforms across units of National Armed Forces diminishes their ability to complete the identified tasks.

 

Otokar Cobra [© Armīns Janiks]

These vehicles will also play an important role in implementation of Artillery, Air Defence and National Guard development projects. These vehicles have to be suitable for personnel, cargo transportation, command and control, and medical support needs. Vehicles will be armoured and suitable for necessary weapons.

 

In 2018, defence spending will amount to €576.34 million, of which €220.27 million will be spent on developing required capabilities. Most part of the 2018 defence spending will go into capability development projects like infrastructure, air control and defence capabilities, further mechanisation of Land Force Mechanised Infantry Brigade, boosting of combat and response capabilities of National Armed Forces and the National Guard.

{ images © Latvian MoD: Armīns Janiks unless noted }

Currently the only armoured 4×4 tactical vehicles available to the Latvian Army are a small fleet of HMMWVs – this example was photographed during Ex SILVER ARROW 2017 [© Bob Morrison]

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