13 February 2020
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has issued a request for tender to carry out additional clearance of five firing ranges used by its Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Bamyan province in Afghanistan earlier this century.
The document was released on Friday, 31 January.
The NZDF operated the ranges for a decade until the Provincial Reconstruction Team finished its task in 2013. This involved firing of non-explosive small-arms rounds, as well as some high-explosive rounds.
The land used by the NZDF Provincial Reconstruction Team was used by Russian and United States forces for live firing before the NZDF started operations.
When the NZDF Provincial Reconstruction Team withdrew from Afghanistan in 2013, it cleared the firing ranges in accordance with the standards of the time.
However, after the NZDF deployments finished, the International Security Assistance Force introduced a new standard for range clearance, which was then adopted by the Afghan Directorate of Mine Action Coordination.
In the tender document the NZDF said it was seeking to appoint an internationally accredited commercial vendor or organisation, with the support of the Afghanistan Directorate of Mine Action Coordination, to undertake additional clearance of the five ranges in Bamyan province that the Provincial Reconstruction Team used for training.
The tender has placed greater weight on aspects such as health and safety, methodology and qualification of personnel involved than on price.
The tender closes on 3 March, 2020, and the NZDF is working to have a contract for the additional clearance signed by the end of March 2020.