GD signs agreements with five firms for Czech’s new tracked vehicle programme


General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has signed agreements with five local Czech companies to cooperate on the Czech Army’s new tracked vehicle acquisition programme.

The five companies include Czechoslovak Group, VOP Cz, Letecke Pristroje Praha, Meopta Systems and Ray Service.

As part of the programme, the Government of Czech Republic seeks to acquire modern infantry fighting vehicles to replace the existing fleet of tracked armoured vehicles.

GDELS has been selected as a potential candidate to deliver its armoured Austrian-Spanish Cooperative Development (ASCOD) vehicle for the acquisition project.

GDELS International Business and Services vice-president Thomas Kauffmann said: “With this step, we clearly reconfirm our strong commitment to the Czech Army to supply our ASCOD, one of the most modern and capable infantry fighting vehicles, and to execute our successful strategy of bringing significant benefits to the local industry.

"The Czech Republic is one of GDELS’s home markets and we can rely on a vast and proven network of cooperation with various industry partners across the country."

“The Czech Republic is one of GDELS’s home markets and we can rely on a vast and proven network of cooperation with various industry partners across the country.”

The ASCOD armoured fighting vehicle has a 30mm dual-feed, gas-operated Mauser mk30-2 automatic cannon with a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

The vehicle stores up to 205 30mm rounds and up to 2,200 7.62mm rounds of ammunition.

GDELS has previously supplied 107 Pandur 8x8 vehicles to the Czech Army.


Image: The ASCOD armoured fighting vehicle. Photo: courtesy of General Dynamics European Land Systems.