Three companies submitted initial proposals to supply new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Czech Army to replace its fleet of aging BVP-2 IFVs, the Czech Ministry of Defence announced.
The companies which submitted the offers are General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), offering its ASCOD vehicle; BAE Systems, offering CV90; and Rheinmetall, with its Lynx KF41 design.
A fourth bidder, Germany’s PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH, was also invited for the competition but decided not to submit the proposal as its offering, the Puma armored infantry vehicle, will require expensive conversions to meet the Czech Army requirement. PSM is a 50:50 joint venture between Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall.
The Czech Republic is seeking to procure a fleet of around 210 vehicles, estimated to be worth about 50 billion koruna ($2.2 billion), to replace the BVP-2s, the Czechoslovak-produced version of Soviet BMP-2 IFV.
After evaluating the three received offers, the companies will be invited to submit a final offer, according to the Czech Defence Ministry.