TALLINN - The Estonian Center for Defense Investment (RKIK) on Monday announced a 30 million euro international procurement for the acquisition of ballistic protection tactical body armor system.
"This is a three-in-one system -- a bulletproof vest, a splinterproof vest, and a tactical vest. The new system will offer ballistic protection and, in the future, replace the harness and tactical vest. Modern warfare requires a high degree of mobility, so we prefer lighter solutions when assessing offers," Ivar Janson, soldier category manager at the Center for Defense Investment, said.
"The goal is to get the first orders for ballistics and vests by the end of the year, but it depends on the progress of the procedure," Janson added.
In order to encourage the participation of Estonian companies in the tender, it will be carried out in two parts and the contract will be awarded to up to three successful bidders in each part.
This is an international competition-based negotiated tender procedure. According to a market study, there is strong international interest in participating in the procurement, the center said.
The bulletproof vests that are part of the equipment of the defense forces will be replaced for the most part over the next seven years.