SANDF seeking to upgrade recovery vehicle capability


The South African Army is examining the possible enhancement of its recovery vehicle capabilities and has issued a request for information (RFI) covering light to heavy recovery vehicles.

The RFI was issued by state armaments acquisition agency Armscor in January. According to the RFI documents, the South African National Defence Force has registered a project to address the SA Army’s requirement for the replacement of the current recovery capability. The recovery system comprises light recovery units (0-6 ton GVM) able to recover motorcycles; medium recovery units (6-20 ton GVM) and heavy recovery units (20-35 tons).

The light recovery units will need to have a fixed recovery boom, cabin for four occupants and ability to travel 1 200 km before refuelling. The motorbike recovery sub-unit will have to transport three motorbikes, carry two people in its cabin and be fitted with a mobile workshop. The medium recovery units will have to have a protected cabin with Stanag 4569 Level 3B landmine and Level 1 ballistic protection and able to accommodate four people. The medium/heavy (6-35 ton) recovery units will need to have a sleeper cabin for two, load bed length of 14 metres and 3.3 metre width.

In addition to the recovery vehicles, the SANDF is also looking for information on accompanying light transport vehicles (0-6 tons) with a nine metre load bed and cabin for three people.

The project aims to possibly replace a number of recovery vehicles in service including the Springbok recovery (SAMIL 50 vehicle); Withings recovery vehicle (SAMIL 100 vehicle); Giraffe transport vehicle (30 ton truck tractor and semi-trailer); and Quagga Roll-deck (SAMAG 120 vehicle).

The project aims to replace current recovery vehicles with commercially available technologies. “It is preferred that the equipment on which information is submitted should currently be in production, with minimum adaptation to meet the requirements of the SANDF…. It is envisaged that during procurement, a main contractor will be contracted either per recovery class/vehicle or grouped in similar capabilities,” the Armscor document stated.

The replacement of recovery vehicles is at the earliest stages and Armscor has only issued a request for information. The Requirements Definition Phase has been completed and the project is currently in the Concept Phase. After that come the Definition Phase, Acquisition Study Phase, Design and Development Phase and Production Phase.

The RFI calls for cost estimates for new recovery vehicles, with responses originally due in late January 2017 but subsequently changed to 24 March.