Polish National Police Update Armory

    The Polish National Police is in the business of updating their armory with Walter P99s produced under license through Radom, the largest Polish arms company. The pistols even have “Walter” on the parts. Apparently the competition came down to the number of years the companies were willing to guarantee/service their handguns.

    The Polish P99 AS made in Poland. Source- Wikipedia

    The Polish P99 AS made in Poland. The contract is for the full size pistol. Source- Wikipedia

    The information regarding the acquisition of semi-automatic pistols for the Police was published in late March. Offers placed by Fabryka Broni-Łucznik Radom [Łucznik-Radom Small Arms Factory] and Warsaw-based Kaliber company were assessed.

    The proposal made by the Radom-based company was considered to be more beneficial, both within the scope of the price (weight of which constituted 80% of the assessment), as well as within the scope of the provided guarantee – this factor constituted 20% of the assessment. The Radomian facility offer price was shaped at the level of PLN 4.502 million, while the Kaliber company’s offer was valued at the level of PLN 5.535 million.  The Radom based company provides a guarantee period of 9 years regarding the pistols and the magazines, while the Warsaw Kaliber’s company offer provided 5 year-guarantee period.

    In addition the Police forces are looking to acquire some two hundred MP5 family submachine guns including the MP5A5, MP5 K PDW, and some SD series.

    The tender deadline is set as 15th December 2015, but the potential bidders have little more than a month for preparation of the required documentation, since the final submission deadline expires on Jul. 7 2015.

    The MP-5 machine pistols are utilized mainly by the counter-terrorist units, Executive Department [Wydział Realizacyjny] of the Warsaw Main Police HQ and  the Police’s Central Investigation Bureau [Centralne Biuro Śledcze Policji].

    Some of the Police Forces during the 2012 riots, MP5 in the center.

    Some of the Police Forces during the 2012 riots, MP5 in the center. Notice what appear to be 30 round Glock magazines with the guy on the far left, and the uncommon Polish Pallad wz. 1974 40mm grenade launcher.


    Much thanks to Brandon for the tip!


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