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BAE selects VOP CZ for BvS10 components

21st March 2017 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Czech company VOP CZ will produce components for BvS10 armoured all-terrain vehicles under a contract with BAE Systems announced on 20 March.

The contract builds on an existing teaming agreement between the two companies aimed at providing the Czech Republic with a replacement for its BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) based on the CV90 IFV.

In order to strengthen its partnerships with Czech industry and demonstrate its comprehensive approach to industrial cooperation, BAE Systems has selected VOP CZ to produce parts for the 32 BvS10s that BAE Systems Hägglunds is currently building for the Austrian government under a contract awarded in June 2016.

Peter Nygren, vice president of business development at BAE Systems, said: 'This contract is a milestone in our cooperation with Czech industry and the first step toward a comprehensive and lasting relationship with VOP CZ.

'This order is an excellent opportunity to establish working processes and relationships between the two companies well in advance of the far more extensive cooperation required for the BMP-2 replacement programme. Should the Czech Republic select the CV90, our arrangement will be well positioned to successfully carry out the programme while also benefiting the Czech Republic's defence industry and economy.'

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