The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched international tender on 30 September for 3D mobile air defence radar (MADR) systems worth up to CZK1.7 billion (USD70 million).
The MoD would like to procure at least five systems by the end of 2017 to replace Russian-designed P-37 (1RL139) ‘Bar Lock’ 2D air defence radar systems currently in service with the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). These are considered to be obsolete and in urgent need of replacement.
“The current P-37 systems have been obsolete for at least 10 years and are incapable of 24-hour operation without the risk of a serious malfunction,” an MoD source close to the MADR procurement programme told IHS Jane’s .
The MoD specified within its tender criteria that the first five units should be delivered within 18 to 24 months following the signing of a contract.
Among the key criteria of the tender is that participants are either headquartered or have subsidiaries based in the Czech Republic and that domestic component suppliers be included in any consortium.
According to Czech defence industry sources, the MoD would like the new 3D MADR systems to be mounted on Tatra 6×6 mobile platforms that are currently in service with the ACR.
Sources close to the MoD have told IHS Jane’s that BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin will be among the list of international companies interested in submitting bids.
The tender announcement puts an end to the hopes of the ReUNION consortium led by Czech electronics firm Retia to act as a sole-source supplier for a new 3D MADR system for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia as part of a Visegrad 4 programme.
“A number of problems were identified that continue to complicate a [potential] joint [V4] procurement and will require further co-operation to overcome. These, for example, include legislative procurement procedures of individual [member] states,” read an official MoD press release.