The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) CZK10 billion (USD427 million) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system procurement. Deputy Defence Minister Filip Říha told Jane’s recently that the contract would be concluded at the end of 2020, a year later than the originally planned end of 2019.
The delay is due to a CZK800 million cut in the 2020 defence budget following ministry savings negotiations over the summer. Říha said the SHORAD procurement was the only strategic project delayed.
The ACR plans to procure four batteries of new SHORAD systems mounted on Tatra 815-7 8×8 platforms and transportable by C-130, C-17, or A400M aircraft. The ACR is seeking Link 16 and Link 11B communication protocols, electromagnetic compatibility against passive and active interference, and maintenance training. The procurement will enable the phasing out of the ageing Soviet-era 2K12 Kub surface-to-air missile system that is still an important part of Czech air defence.
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