Czech Republic orders Pandur II

The government of the Czech Republic has awarded Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug approximately $1 billion to supply the Czech army with 199 Pandur II armoured personnel carriers.

The government of the

Czech Republic

has selected Vienna-based

Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug

, a part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, to supply the Czech army with 199 new eight-wheeled Pandur II armoured personnel carriers between 2007 and 2012.

The contract, which includes an option for 35 additional vehicles, has a potential value of approximately $1 billion (23.6 billion koruna). A final contract is expected to be completed by April 2006.

The vehicles will be produced in Austria and the Czech Republic.

Design elements of the Pandur II include two steered axles, an independent suspension system and run-flat tires for advanced mobility, a high level of embedded armour protection, spall liners for the crew compartments, and drivetrain and steering linkages within the hull.

A computer-based interactive maintenance and repair diagnostic system enables complete powerpack changes in around 30 minutes.