Prague Daily Monitor/Czech News Agency(CTK), 27th February, 2009
The Czech military wants to purchase another 79 Land Rover Defender off-road utility vehicles by the end of November, First Deputy Defence Minister Martin Bartak told members of the Chamber of Deputies defence committee today, adding that the purchase would cost 384 million crowns.
The vehicles will be used by the Czech military rapid deployment unit, in the missions in Afghanistan and by the Czech-Slovak EU Battlegroup which is being established, Bartak said.
The Czech military already has Land Rover Defenders that the Defence Ministry bought in the past for the Czech special forces for 247 million crowns.
The British Land Rover Defenders have been replacing older off-road vehicles of Russian production since the 1990s. Czech units in the foreign missions abroad also use them.
However, it has become clear in Afghanistan that the vehicles are not sufficiently protected and Czech soldiers thus use there also American Humvees and the new Iveco MLV and Dingo 2 armoured personnel carriers.
($1=22.154 Czech crowns)
[Source: Prague Daily Monitor]