The Czech Republic and Slovakia will cooperate in the purchase of the Swedish CV90 combat vehicle. Defense Ministers Jana Sernoshova (ODS) and Yaroslav Nash, who signed the relevant agreement on Saturday, promised from such a move, for example, to reduce prices for purchased equipment or to involve Czech and Slovak companies in the repair and production of spare parts.
In July, the Czechs canceled the tender for the purchase of tracked infantry fighting vehicles for more than fifty billion kroner and decided to approach directly the Swedish manufacturer BAE Systems. Already in June, the Slovak government chose Sweden as a supplier of 152 CV90 armored vehicles worth about 1.69 billion euros (41.6 billion kroner).
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Hungary, Spain and Poland have also submitted offers to Bratislava as part of the intergovernmental contract being prepared.
“This is the best way for both countries, not only in terms of rewarding lower prices, but there will be more technology in one region. We can come together to involve our companies in the repair industry and the production of spare parts,” Minister Černochová said of the agreement with Slovakia.
She added that not only the price of the armored vehicles and the date of delivery are important for the Czech Republic, but also the participation of its industry in the deliveries.
“It is a unique project in terms of its scale, both for Slovakia and the Czech Republic. If we reach the end, the soldiers will have the same equipment. The project aims to strengthen the Slovak and Czech defense industries. Through a joint acquisition, we can reduce total price”.
Černochová and Naď signed the aforementioned agreement after they concluded earlier today another agreement with the Polish Minister of Defense regarding the assistance of Slovakia in protecting its airspace.
By purchasing new armored vehicles, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will modernize the equipment of their armies. At NATO, the Czech Army has committed to building a heavy mechanized brigade with modern tanks and combat vehicles by 2026. Slovakia has also made a similar promise to NATO.
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