The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to proceed with a tender worth over CZK50 billion (USD1.9 billion) to fulfil an urgent requirement for over 200 new tracked armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR).
General Josef Becvar, chief of staff of the ACR, stated on 14 February that the ACR plans to hold industry days in mid-2017 and invite domestic and foreign manufacturers of tracked armoured vehicles to demonstrate their platforms in mobility and live fire modes before an ACR selection team of experts.
The industry demonstrations will be followed by further ACR vehicle evaluations, including pricing competitiveness, service support, and other selection criteria. The MoD plans to award a contract to the producer of the winning platform by 2019, with deliveries commencing in early 2020.
The ACR has an urgent requirement to replace over 200 Russian-designed, Czechoslovak-built, BVP AFVs that began entering service with the former Czechoslovakian People's Army during the 1980s and have reached the end of their operational service life.
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