PRAGUE, (BM) – The Czech Ministry of Defense has signed a contract for the overhaul and modification of the existing T-72M4CZ tanks, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the polish news agency Defence 24.
The contract signed with VOP CZ plants has a value of CZK 1.098 billion, i.e. approximately $50 million. For this amount, the contractor undertook to carry out work on 27 standard T-72M4CZ tanks, three command vehicles and three VT-72M4CZ technical support vehicles.
Their scope, in addition to the improvement of tanks and the possibility of extending their service life at least until 2030, will primarily include the replacement of obsolete elements in the fire control system [most likely, including a thermal imaging camera] and the installation of new communication systems, allowing for voice communication and data transmission. in accordance with the standard to be newly introduced in the Czech 7th Mechanized Brigade.
The Czech CT24 television reports that the modification of the tanks is to enable the Czechs to fulfill their obligations towards NATO. It is also a kind of a bridge solution that allows to carry out works aimed at purchasing a new tank in the second half of the 1920s. Prague considered acquiring a used Leopard 2A4 or M60T Sabra, but apparently these efforts were not realized.
Czech T-72M4CZ tanks have, among others, a new TURMS-T fire control system or reactive armor, as well as a new power-pack with a 1000 HP engine. New anti-tank ammunition was also introduced – sub-caliber with increased penetration.
However, budget cuts meant that only slightly more than 30 tanks were modernized to this standard in the first years of the present century, although previously it was planned to modernize from over 100 to even over 300 vehicles. The older, unmodified T-72M1 also remains in reserve in the Czech Republic.
Czech Republic bought Titus armored vehicles by Nexter
As we reported last year the Czech Republic signed contract for 62 Nexter Titus multirole armored vehicles. Czech MoD’s has order is about 3 variants of Titus: Commanding Post (CP), Transmissions, and Artillery Fire Coordination Post.
Eldis (CSG Group), Nexter’s partner for this Czech Republic project, carries the main contract with the MoD and will organize the licensed local production. This order consecrates a successful European industrial cooperation, combining in a balanced manner the know-how of all involved partners.
Titus is the latest generation of 6×6 armored vehicles designed by Nexter to answer the support and transport vehicles needs of modern armies offering high level of protection, mobility and versatility, as well as controlled ownership cost. Titus mobility chain was developed in cooperation with Czech supplier Tatra Trucks. A “Homeland Security” kit is available, matching more specifically the needs of police and security forces.
Nexter’s Titus offers a high degree of protection, with the ability to withstand a 50kg IED blast, which can be increased with an add-on protection kit. The vehicle has range of 700 km and is powered by a Cummins 500hp engine, which offers a maximum speed of 110 km/h. The platform can be equipped with a remote-controlled weapon system.
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