Czech Government Approves Major Military Order

Category: Defence Industry

The Czech government on April 13 gave the green light to the purchase of as many as 234 armored personnel carriers, in what will probably be the military’s largest contract to date, a government spokesman said.

The Czech government on April 13 gave the green light to the purchase of as many as 234 armored personnel carriers, in what will probably be the military’s largest contract to date, a government spokesman said.

The contract is expected to cost approximately 20 billion koruna (669 million euros, $861 million), spokesman Jindrich Marek said, adding the Defense Ministry would announce a tender by the end of April.

According to Deputy Defense Minister for Armaments Jaroslav Kopriva, the first machines could be delivered in two years.

The Defense Ministry will commit to ordering 199 APCs with the option of buying another 35 according to the military’s needs, and it will take four to five years to acquire all the machines, he added.

According to Czech news agency CTK, however, only three types of machines meet the military’s demands: the Piranha, built by the Swiss firm Mowag, the Pandur made by Austrian firm Steyer-Daimler-Puch and Finland’s Patria.

The new machines will have to meet certain criteria and will have to be able to be transported in large transport planes as the military wants to use them in foreign missions.

A purchase of 243 APCs for 25 billion koruna was originally planned, but delayed in light of heavy criticism from opposition politicians.

The new APCs will replace the OT-64s that have been used by the military over the last 40 years.

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Patria Industries Oy

Monch, Office for Czech and Slovak Republic

Patria Vammas Oy

Patria Vehicles Oy

Patria Hagglunds

ASSOCIATION OF THE DEFENCE INDUSTRY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC - AOP

Czech Army Foreign Relations Office

PANDUR (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

PANDUR II 8x8 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha II 10x10 (Fire support vehicle)

Piranha 8x8D (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha 6x6 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha III 6x6 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha 8x8 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Pandur (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha IIIC (Self-propelled antitank guided missile system)

Piranha IIIC (Command vehicle)

Piranha III 8x8 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha II (Repair and recovery vehicle)

Piranha IV 8x8 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha ACV (Fire support vehicle)

PANDUR AMPHIBIOUS (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

PANDUR ARSV-30 (Reconnaissance Vehicle)

PANDUR ARFSV (Fire support vehicle)

PANDUR (Ambulance vehicle)

PANDUR (Repair and recovery vehicle)

PANDUR Konstrukta (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

PANDUR ARSV-25 (Reconnaissance Vehicle)

PANDUR MG7S 25 (Reconnaissance Vehicle)

Piranha I 8x8 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha II 8x8 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha I 6x6 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha I 4x4 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha II 4x4 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha II 6x6 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha III 10x10 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha III 10x10 (Reconnaissance Vehicle)

Piranha II 8x8 (Command vehicle)

Piranha III Kapris (Command vehicle)

Desert Piranha 5 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha 6x6 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha (Fire support vehicle)

Piranha (Command vehicle)

Piranha (Ambulance vehicle)

Piranha (Self-propelled mortar)

Piranha (Reconnaissance Vehicle)

Piranha IIIC (Ambulance vehicle)

PANDUR II 6x6 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha IIIC (Reconnaissance Vehicle)

Piranha IIIC (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha Evolution (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha V (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha IIIH (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha IIIH CRV (Reconnaissance Vehicle)

Piranha III ASV (Reconnaissance Vehicle)

PANDUR II 6x6 (Command vehicle)

Piranha EVO (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

Piranha III REB (Armoured vehicle-launched bridge)

Piranha III CBRN (Nuclear/biological/chemical reconnaissance vehicle)

Piranha III+ (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)

PANDUR EVO (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)