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Shovel loaders and temporary bridge support construction sets for the Polish Army

The Armament Agency and the 2nd Regional Logistics Base have initiated tender procedures for the purchase of additional batches of engineering equipment for the Polish Army.

This week, the Armament Agency of the Polish Ministry of National Defense and the 2nd Regional Logistics Base (2. RBLog.) in Warsaw announced the initiation of tender procedures for the purchase of additional batches of engineering equipment for units of the Polish Army.

The LD-34C is the latest version of loader-dozer designed for the military. They have received a more efficient power unit and the capability to exchange working attachments / Photo: 2nd Mazovian Sapper Regiment

On Monday, May 27, the 2nd Regional Logistics Base announced a tender for the delivery of shovel loader for the years 2024-2027. According to the tender documentation, the subject of the tender is the delivery of 22 units under a guaranteed order and 22 units under an optional order, including 5 guaranteed and 5 optional units in 2024, 2 + 2 units in 2025, 10 + 10 units in 2026, and 5 + 5 units in 2027. The deadline for submitting applications is June 25, 2024.

In 2021, Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW), part of the PGZ Capital Group, delivered 17 LD-34C loader-dozers (with an option for an additional 17 units), in accordance with the contract with the then Armament Inspectorate.

The loader-dozer LD-34C is designed for loading loose and palletized materials, performing earthworks and excavations, leveling terrain, filling trenches, craters, and shelters, clearing snow from yards and roads, transporting tree trunks and construction semi-finished products over short distances, and other engineering tasks.

The LD-34C is the latest version of the loader-dozers delivered to the Polish Army. The vehicle weighs 22,830 kg with a bucket and 22,310 kg with fork attachments. The overall length is 8,380 mm and 9,595 mm, respectively. The width is 2,982 mm, the height to the cab roof is 3,607 mm, the wheelbase is 3,145 mm, the track width is 2,090 mm, and the ground clearance is 450 mm. The maximum steering angle is 35 degrees. The new Cummins diesel engine with 212 HP (158 kW) provides a maximum speed of up to 39 km/h. The nominal lifting capacity with the bucket is 7.6 tons, while with the forks it is 8 tons. The nominal fork length is 1,600 mm (extendable to 2,300 mm), and the bucket capacity is 2.6 cubic meters. The maximum dumping height at a 45-degree tilt angle is 2,950 mm. The lifting height ranges from 3,800 to 4,000 mm.

Meanwhile, preliminary market consultations conducted by the Armament Agency regarding the potential purchase of armored backhoe loaders with multi-purpose buckets will soon begin. Additionally, until February of this year, the 3rd Regional Logistics Base is conducting a tender for the delivery of new truck-mounted excavators, which will replace the K-407C on the Star 266M chassis.

Photo: DG RSZ

On Thursday, May 30, the Armament Agency announced a tender, conducted through a negotiated procedure with prior publication of an invitation to tender, for the delivery of 12 sets of universal kits for the construction of temporary bridge supports (UZPB). Each set includes: 2 excavators on tracked chassis with piling and support construction equipment, and 2 low-loader sets (tractor and trailer) for their transport.

The deadline for submitting applications is July 12, 2024, and the deliveries are scheduled for the years 2026-2029.

The subject of the contract is a universal set for the construction of temporary bridge supports, which is to consist of a tracked machine weighing 25-30 tons equipped with a vibratory hammer and additional equipment (hydraulic hammer, assembly basket, excavator bucket, demolition shears, and compaction plate), a pile-driving tower on a frame with two hydraulic hammers (double towers preferred), a device for cutting steel piles, and two vehicles for transporting the tracked machine and the pile-driving tower.

The UZPB is intended to serve the engineering units of the Polish Army for driving sheet piles, pipes, piles (including wooden ones), and other flat profiles up to 12 meters in length (ultimately 15 meters), driving piles and pipes at an angle, extracting the above-mentioned elements, and creating pile grids for all types of temporary bridge supports and sheet pile walls. The sets will enable earthworks for the construction of shoreline supports and the excavation of water obstacles with low water levels, the demolition of damaged steel and concrete bridge components, as well as working on land and water obstacles at any time of day or year, for at least 10 hours without refueling.

The then Armament Inspectorate of the Ministry of National Defense announced a technical dialogue on this matter on June 9, 2020.

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