Biggest military contract was signed

Minister of Defence Karel K├╝hnl signed a large contract to in amount 24 milliards CZK. Czech Army as a member of NATO bought 199 armoured transporters by Austrian ammunition factory Steyr. This contract is bigger than hiring twelve Sweden interceptors Gripen.

Armoured vehicles Steyr Pandur was chosen in regular public competition. All tests and decisions was made months ago so signing was for than less only formal procedure.

Kuhnl will be Minister of Defence only few days, because the Government will be completely changed after Saturdays election. Even the election is done, all Ministries are still lead by former government until the new Government will be formed.

The vehicles are a big chance for Czech producers as well: Many vehicle parts such as electronics will be produced in Czech Republic by Czech companies. It will be about 10 milliards out of total 24 milliards CZK. This could also help to create an interest for Czech companies by Western sale.

All Pandurs should be in ownership of Czech Army in year 2012.

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