The Czech Defence Ministry has concluded a contract with VOP Sternberk to purchase mortars and global positioning systems receivers, and undertake the maintenance of Pandur armoured personnel carriers in Afghanistan.

The ministry will spend CZK67m ($3.5m) on 540 GPS units for individual soldiers in foreign missions and CZK13m ($685,336) for the maintenance of the four military vehicles.

The ministry will also buy eight sets of Antos-LR mortars worth CZK10.66m ($579,900), along with accessories, ammunition and spare parts.

The mortars will be delivered by the end of July 2011, according to The Czech News Agency.