On 10 July the Czech government approved a request by the ministry of defence (MoD) to provide CZK1.27 billion (USD55.7 million) in funding for the modernisation of 33 Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) 152 mm SpGH DANA (ShKH vz.77) self-propelled howitzers (SPHs).
"The modernisation [programme] will provide the [Czech] army with a quality artillery capability that meets NATO standards," Czech defence minister Martin Stropnický told media on 10 July.
Jane's MoD sources say they expect the ministry to award a CZK1.27-billion contract to Tatra Trucks – a division of the Czechoslovak Group – in September to undertake the modernisation programme, with deliveries of the upgraded platforms to take place in 2018–2020.
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