BAE and Iveco Defence have signed a teaming agreement to compete for the Vistula project, worth R3.2bn ($467m), for the South African Army.

The South African defence acquisition agency, Armscor, is expected to issue a request for proposals (RfP) for 1,200 trucks to replace the current fleet of Magirus Deutz Samil vehicles in the coming months.

An Iveco spokesman said the company would offer its Trakker or high-mobility ranges, with or without armoured cabs available in four, six and eight-wheel drive configurations, in accordance with requirements in the RfP.

A BAE spokeswomen said the decision regarding the location for manufacturing of the trucks would, in part, depend on the RfP requirements.

BAE and Iveco have joined forces for the second time for a truck requirement other than the military vehicle programmes in the US and UK.

The Vistula project was originally launched in mid-2004, but was cancelled in 2007 for alleged irregularities involving procurement agency staff, according to Defense News.

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