BAE Systems and VOP CZ have teamed up to pursue the Czech Republic’s BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) replacement programme. The two companies will combine efforts to deliver the CV90 vehicle for the Czech Land Forces.
The arrangement offers significant long-term industrial cooperation that will benefit VOP CZ and the Czech defence industry. BAE Systems is the design authority and manufacturing lead for the CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, one of the most modern IFVs on the market and currently in production.
«BAE Systems is committed to building a strong working partnership with VOP CZ and Czech industry», Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, president of BAE Systems Hägglunds, said. «The agreement with VOP CZ will create a strong team to support the Czech Armed Forces for many years ahead».
VOP CZ has expertise in design, manufacturing, assembly, and engineering production, and specialises in integrating and supplying modern defence equipment and systems to meet the requirements of the Czech customer.
«The partnership with BAE Systems is a great opportunity for cooperation with one of the biggest defence companies worldwide», Marek Špok, managing director of VOP CZ, said. «VOP CZ offers the highest level of technology, development and production capacity for this project so we are well positioned to fulfil the needs of the Czech Army. We hope the cooperation grows into a long-term relationship».
There are more than 1,200 CV90 vehicles on contract for seven user nations globally.
BAE Systems Hägglunds has successfully fulfilled all its industrial investment commitments with the nations operating the CV90 platform, using a proven concept to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. This well-established industrial model has been implemented in Norway, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark.
This industrial solution with VOP CZ aims to support job creation and technology transfer. BAE Systems employs an innovative approach toward industrial cooperation, including marketing support to new markets and support to small-to-medium enterprise companies.