SAPS issues tender for counterterrorism response vehicles
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a tender for counterterrorism response vehicles equipped with hazmat suits, decontamination tanks, radiation detectors and other equipment able to deal with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) situations. This is according to Times Live, which reported last week that a tender worth R25 million was issued in March for ten vehicles and closed earlier this month. Conventional panel vans will be outfitted with the necessary equipment. “The tender documents state that police will supply the bulk of the specialist equipment as well as the ten Nissan NV350 panel vans to the successful bidder. According to bid documents, five companies had made bids for the tender to convert the vans,” Times Live reports. Some of the other equipment to be fitted includes decontamination chemicals, ladders, spot-lights and a public announcement system. The vehicles, which will be allocated to the Explosive Unit, will also be used to assist the Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management Division and Forensic Services.