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Combat Engineering Equipment - Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army

The Department of National Defense (DND) has released the bid documents for the Combat Engineering Equipment Lot 1 - Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge for the Philippine Army.

This project is a Horizon 2 phase Priority Project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program, and is one of several sublots of the Combat Engineering Equipment Project.

The Rhinemetall Panzerschnellbrücke 2 AVLB from Germany, with the Leopard 2 chassis and bridging system from MAN Mobile Bridges GmbH. Photo from Wikipedia.

An example of an Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge (AVLB). Credits to original source of photo.

Technical Specifications:

The bid documents included the technical requirements for the project, which MaxDefense summarizes as follows:

Project Summary:

Combat Engineering Equipment - Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 24 October 2019.

* End User: Philippine Army (unspecified Army Engineering Brigade)

* Quantity: at least 2 units, with armored tracked platform

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 2 Phase Priority Projects of RAFPMP

* Project ABC: Php1,600,000,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: GAA funded, to be paid via Multi-Year Obligatory Allocations (MYOA).

* SARO Release: TBA

* Winning Proponent: TBA

* Product for Delivery: TBA

* Contract Price: TBA

* First post by MaxDefense: TBA

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PACEEAVLBAcquisition

* Status: procurement changes to public bidding, bid docs released 23 October 2019. SOBE scheduled 13 November 2019.

U P D A T E S:

24 October 2019:

The bid documents for the Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge was released on 23 October 2019.

This is surprising since originally the plan was to procure these under a Government-to-Government (G2G) deal.

During Pre-Procurement Phase, this was among those being tossed up if it will be assigned as a 

G2G deal with either China or the United Kingdom. Prevailing heads in the Philippine Army successfully placed this project as a G2G project with the United Kingdom, with British bridge company WFEL Ltd. supplying the product.

It was expected that since WFEL does not make its own AVLBs, they will be getting another supplier to provide the product on their behalf. MaxDefense expected that WFEL would offer the BAE Systems Titan AVLB, which uses a launching vehicle platform based on the Challenger 2 main battle tank, and the BAE Systems BR-90 Modular Bridging System. This is the foremost AVLB of the British Army. Another proposal was using a French design

According to MaxDefense sources, the plan apparently hit a snag, with WFEL and the UK side unable to make a solid offer based on the Philippine Army's requirements.

This is probably the reason why it was shifted from a G2G deal with the UK, to a Public Bidding. Apparently the Philippine Army was against having the project shifted to a G2G deal with China with Poly Group being the preferred contractor.

A Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled on 30 October 2019, and the Bid submission is scheduled on 13 November 2019.

The BAE Systems Titan AVLB based on the Challenger 2 MBT platform a d BR-90 modular bridge system. Credits to original source of photo.


25 October 2019:

MaxDefense has started gathering potential suppliers for this project, considering it has been shifted to public bidding.

The usual bidders are expected to join in, including Elbit Systems of Israel, Larsen & Toubro of India, and likely Hanwha Defense of South Korea. 

Others like Excalibur Army of the Czech Republic are also expected. It would be remembered that MaxDefense posted photos of DND officials touring Excalibur Army's facility including the AM-50EX bridgelayer. With the requirement being a tracked armored vehicle platform, Excalibur can simply shift the bridging equipment to a different platform like the T-72 tank platform instead of using a military wheeled truck.

DND officials checking the AM-50EX bridgelayer at Excalibur Army's facility in Czech Republic last May 2019. Excalibur has a variant using a T-72 platform. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense by a defense source.

First edit and release: 24 October 2019
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