The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered two Deployable Passive Electronic Support Measures (ESM) Tracker (DPET) radar systems for the Czech Army from ERA Pardubice.
The contract, worth CZK1.5 billion (USD66.3 million), was approved by the MoD on 14 January, but its cost drew criticism from Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, members of parliament, and some insiders.
"This causes serious doubts," said Jana Černochová, who chairs the Czech parliament's defence committee. The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency ordered the DPET for CZK525 million in 2014 for the NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS).
The MoD, Czech Army, and ERA Pardubice explained in a public meeting on 30 January that the increased cost of the new systems was based on them being more advanced than those of NATO.
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