by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International.
At the 28th MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce, Poland, the Polish Ministry of Defense downselected four out of 12 multipurpose armored vehicles for the next stage of the Pegaz (Pegasus) competition. The much-delayed Pegaz program initially called for deliveries of 280 vehicles between 2017 and 2022 for Poland’s Special Operations Forces and military police, with several hundred more vehicles for the land forces following from 2023 onward. However, the program suffered from delays and was eventually relaunched in June 2019.
The initial order concerns the delivery of 15 vehicles for the Special Operations Forces, and the Armament Inspectorate of the Polish MoD has requested seven features: high mobility; crew protection against enemy weapons, including mines and IEDs; combat capabilities; fire support capabilities; multipurpose capacity; command support capability; and the ability to act as a wheeled personnel and equipment transport platform. The maximum quantity of vehicles that will be acquired is 105 (15 firm + 90 optional).
The four vehicles that will proceed to the next stage are:
- Fortress Mk 2 – jointly offered by France’s Arquus (formerly Renault Trucks Defense) and