The Market Research and Analysis Department of the Armaments and Acquisition Division of the MoD, has launched a market research to the "MRAP Vehicles for the RCP Unit" project by sending the official "Request for Information" (“RFI”) to potential suppliers of vehicles in this category.
By acquiring MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) category vehicles, the Czech Republic plans to build completely new capabilities within its armed forces. New heavily protected vehicles will form the basis of the unit that will be performing tasks related to the exploration of routes where mines, improvised explosive devices (IED) and other dangers located below the surface can be placed. From the long term point of view, these dangers cause serious losses to allies during deployment in missions abroad.
The "Request for Information" was preceded by the conceptual considerations of the Army of the Czech Republic concerning future deployment of these vehicles, as well as the considerations related to its highly specialized systems. For this purpose, other NATO member countries, which already have the RCP (Route Clearance Patrol) capability and experience from operational deployment, have been also addressed to share their experience. This phase of clarification, taking into account the complexity of the whole project, ultimately caused the repeated postponement of the starting date of the market research, which was originally planned to be launched already at the beginning of 2018.
The Armaments and Acquisition Division of the MoD intends, as the next step, joint negotiations with the industry, which are planned for August 2018, for mutual clarification of information and possible ambiguities.
The Armaments and Acquisition Division of the MoD presumes that the market research for MRAP category vehicles will be completed in the third quarter of this year.