Germany’s Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has partnered with Polish defence contractor Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), and its subsidiary Obrum, to develop a new amphibious vehicle for the Polish Army.
The new wheeled armoured vehicle will replace the Soviet-era BRDM-2 platform that is currently in service with the Polish Armed Forces.
RMMV, along with its Polish collaborators, will work towards developing a 6 x 6 wheeled armoured vehicle designed to suit requirements of the Polish Army’s light armoured reconnaissance vehicle (LOTR) procurement programme.
PGZ chairman Wojciech Dabrowski said: "Signing this contract with RMMV makes us an equal partner of a globally leading defence technology enterprise.
"Propelled by the success of the Rosomak armoured transport vehicle, we launched this ambitious project, which will result in a new wheeled armoured vehicle."
The completely amphibious LOTR will weigh less than 20t and is said to offer a high level of protection, superior payload-to-total weight ratio, and will be able to carry 3.5t.
The vehicle will be deployed to conduct reconnaissance missions, as well as other operations.
RMMV and PGZ Obrum are also planning to establish a sales joint venture to market the vehicle, and its derivatives, in the international markets.
RMMV managing director Pietro Borgo said: "We see this development contract as an important first step in a highly promising cross-border strategic alliance in the field of military wheeled vehicles.
"It’s an ambitious goal, but our two companies have the necessary expertise. And because the vehicle offers the perfect technological base for cooperating with partners around the world, we also see excellent opportunities for marketing the LOTR outside of Europe."