Polish army has awarded contract to WZM to modernize its T-72M1 and PT-91 main battle tanks 1912116
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Defense News - Poland
Monday, December 19, 2011, 10:55 AM
|Polish army has awarded a contract to WZM to modernize its T-72M1 and PT-91 main battle tanks.|
Poland's Ministry of Defense has set aside 138.6 million zloty ($42 million) for two contracts to modernize its T-72M1 and PT-91 main battle tanks, the Army's First Regional Logistics Base in Walcz said in a statement.
Polish Army PT-91 main battle tank in a military parade in Warsaw (Archive image)
A 32.2 million-zloty deal for the overhaul of 20 T-72M1s was recently awarded to the repair plant Wojskowe Zaklady Motoryzacyjne (WZM). Of these, 10 units are to be modernized by Nov. 30, 2012, and a further 10 by Nov. 29, 2013.
"By the deadline for submission of bids, three bids were submitted for the first contract, and one bid for the second contract," the statement said.
WZM is part of Wojskowe Przedsiebiorstwa Remontowo-Produkcyjne, the country's second-largest defense group. In 2010, the Poznan-based plant reported revenues of 32.2 million zloty, up 1.2 percent over a year earlier, and a net profit of 8.3 million zloty, compared with a loss of 12.9 million zloty in 2009.
T-72M1 main battle tank of Polish Army (Archive image)
Introduced to the Polish Army in 1995, the PT-91 is a locally built, modernized version of the Soviet-designed T-72M1. Both tanks are manufactured by Bumar's subsidiary, Bumar-Labedy.
The Polish Land Forces have about 586 T-72M1s and 233 PT-91s, according to figures from the ministry.