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The Czech Republic plans to replace its outdated BVP-2 armored personnel carriers from Russian production with 200 western-style armored personnel carriers. At a press conference on the occasion of Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's visit to Prague, Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar announced that the choice of three possible suppliers should be made by the end of 2020 by early 2021 at the latest. The procurement of 200 armored personnel carriers in seven variants is the largest modernization project in the modern history of the Czech armed forces, said Metnar. The requirements of EU law would be met. The procurement volume is estimated at two billion euros.

Competitors from three countries are still in the race: from Germany the armored personnel carrier Lynx (Rheinmetall), from Sweden the CV90 (BAE Systems) and from Spain the Ascod (General Dynamics European Landsystems (GDELS)).

Kramp-Karrenbauer took the opportunity to point out that the best way to counter future threats is by working together. She referred to bilateral projects with France that would be opened to other European countries. It explicitly named the future fighter plane FCAS, with which Spain has become a partner.

Gerhard Heiming