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The Czechs buy the Austrian Pandur with serious offsets

(B2) The Czech Republic will purchase 107 Pandur II armored vehicles from the Austrian firm Steyr. Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek confirmed this to the press. Total price of the operation: 14,4 billion crowns (nearly 500 million euros). “ A purchase which is not without compensation. Around 153% offsets are part of the deal. Most of them being direct fallouts. Some Czech firms will take part directly in production. Which could affect 4000 jobs explained Mirek Topolanek. NB: mainly in the towns of Šternberku and Novém Jičíně.

The tender procedure it's nothing new. It was launched four years ago. Steyr had almost won the first contract. This contract was signed in June 2006, the day before the resignation of the former Minister of Defense, Karel Kühnl. Which had sown some doubt about its political validity. Patria, the Finnish competitor had also protested. The contract had been interrupted, the tests which had taken place having not been conclusive according to the Czechs. The original contract then concerned 199 vehicles for 21 billion crowns. If the contract signed today is lower, the price per vehicle is however much higher... 134 million crowns (4,7 million euros) compared to 105 million crowns (3,7 million euros) in the previous version.

(NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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