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Czech republic  |  November 20, 2012 13:31:55

The army wants to buy 30 new mine-resistant armored vehicles


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - Up to three dozen new armored mine-resistant vehicles could in the coming years to strengthen the Czech army. Interest on these troops armor falling into the category of MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) Mediafax agency spokesman confirmed Tuesday Jan Růžičková General Staff.

"The acquisition of armored vehicles suitable for the installation of fasteners as well as a mobile command office. Intended vehicle purchases not related to the simultaneous action of our troops in Afghanistan, but security command and connection with deployable battalions - a security command and control system manévrovým forces in mechanized and light motorized battalions, "said Růžičková.

At present, the command and control is ensured by means of the spokesperson of the 80 years of the last century, which are already obsolete.

The Army would like to obtain armored command vehicle (VOV) and connecting armored vehicles R 8p (without weapon systems), which is characterized by high maneuverability and agility, but also providing ballistic (antiblast) protect the three-member crew, which at full load will not exceed the total weight 19 tons.

"The idea is to get a total of 30 cars in this category, out of 10 pieces and 20 pieces VOV R 8p," she added Růžičková. Cars could buy, she said, between 2014 to 2017.

The Department of Defense is already beginning to look around for armored vehicles. "At the request of the army prepared Armaments marketing research on a suitable armored vehicle.This was a preliminary marketing survey, which was not at this stage linked with related acquisitions procedures, which means for example that has not yet been solved and form of acquisition. Its main objective was to obtain technical and cost data needed for further planning, "said Vladimir Lukovský from the Press Department of the Ministry of Defence.

Request for marketing data and resort already been addressed by several renowned foreign manufacturers and also SVOS Czech company that manufactures vehicle VEGA.

Miroslav Kyncl, kyncl@mediafax.cz

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