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Three distributors post ultimate features for multibillion-dollar Czech armored-automobile race

WARSAW, Poland — The Czech Ministry of Defence has acquired three features in its tender to acquire 210 infantry fighting autos (IFVs) for the country’s land forces.

“All a few brands and possible suppliers … submitted their bids to the Ministry of Defence by the deadline” on Sept. 1, the ministry said in a statement. “The completeness of the provides and their contents will now be assessed in depth by a commission consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Defence and the Czech Military.”

The verified bidders consist of the UK’s BAE Programs with the Swedish-built CV90, Europe-primarily based Basic Dynamics European Land Devices with its Ascod, and Germany’s Rheinmetall with the Lynx, in accordance to the statement.

A fourth possible supplier, a joint venture among Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall which tends to make the Puma, pulled out of the contest in 2019, and, as a end result, did not submit an offer yesterday.

In what could come to be the greatest protection deal in the Czech Republic’s record, Prague aims to devote about CZK 52 billion (US$2.4 billion) on new IFVs which will replace the military’s out-of-date BVP-2 vehicles.

As 1 of the tender’s needs, prospective suppliers need to assure that the Czech defense sector is concerned in at minimum 40 per cent of the IFV contract. This has spurred a partnership amongst BAE Systems and Czech point out-owned protection corporation VOP CZ, whilst the two GDELS and Rheinmetall set up cooperation with local, privately-owned protection enterprise Czechoslovak Group, among the some others.

Czech Protection Ministry officials have said the agreement will not be awarded prior to the country’s parliamentary election that is scheduled for Oct. 8-9.

Jaroslaw Adamowski is the Poland correspondent for Protection Information.