The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that it has completed extensive field trials and technical tests of five tracked armoured vehicle platforms begun during the summer. The ministry stated that all platforms have fulfilled the necessary minimum requirements stipulated by the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) for potential replacements for the service’s ageing fleet of Russian-designed BMP-1 and BMP-2 tracked armoured vehicles.
The MoD expects the new cabinet to be formed in the coming weeks following the general elections on 20-21 October to issue a CZK50 billion (USD2.3 billion) tender for 210 vehicles in up to six variants: infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), command-and-control, communications, engineering, recovery vehicle, and armoured ambulance.
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