The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 31 July that it plans to procure 80 4x4 light armoured vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic's (ACR's) 31st Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Regiment based in Liberec.
The MoD plans to issue a CZK5.1 billion (USD233.3 million) contract in September to the MoD-owned Military Research Institute (VVU) based in Brno, which will act as the prime contractor. The new vehicles will be based on the Iveco LMV 4x4 chassis, deliveries of which to the ACR are planned for in 2020-22.
The VVU will equip the vehicles with mobile laboratory modules it has developed and designed that will enable members of the 31st CBRN Defence Regiment to detect contaminants, collect samples, and analyse findings in the field and then relay the data to nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) laboratories in the rear area for further analysis.
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