CZ will supply the army with small arms and ammunition worth up to CZK 2.35 billion. The framework agreement was signed today by Lubor Koudelka, Deputy Minister for Armaments and Acquisition, and Ladislav Britaňák, CEO of CZ.
“Our goal is to modernize the army, but also to support the Czech industry and maintain jobs in these difficult times,” explained Minister of Defense Lubomír Metnar. “The concluded framework agreement will enable the acquisition of up to 39,000 small arms made by a renowned manufacturer for our soldiers by 2025.”
In the event of maximum performance of the contract, the army will receive in the following years more than 16 thousand BREN 2 assault rifles, over 21 thousand CZ P-10 pistols, over 1,600 CZ 805 G1 underslung grenade launchers, nearly 100 CZ SCORPION PDWs and training ammunition. The purchase follows the contracts from 2010 to 2016, when the army purchased almost 40 thousand small arms from CZ.
“The Army of the Czech Republic demands only the best armament. This contract is an assurance for us that we are doing our job well and create high-quality and innovative products that hold up even in the most demanding military and law enforcement markets. At the same time, it is an important signal of the importance of investment in the domestic defence industry, especially in the difficult present time that demonstrates the need to ensure maximum security of deliveries from domestic sources,” said Luboš Kovařík, President of the CZ Group.
“We are honoured to be able to further supply our army, which is historically one of the most important customers of CZ and also an important reference in world markets. Furthermore, this contract will support employment, which I consider to be key in the current situation for both the company and the Czech economy,” added Ladislav Britaňák.
CZ based in Uherský Brod is a subsidiary of the CZ Group. It manufactures firearms for civilian use as well as armed forces around the world. The company exports to more than 90 countries. At present, CZ firearms are widely used by armed forces in more than 40 countries around the world.