has announced that the Czech Republic has finally agreed to purchase the RBS70
short-range, man-portable air defense system for the Czech armed forces as the
end customer. This decision follows on Latvia procurement contract for the RBS70
in November this year.
The RBS70 ordered by the Czech Republic through a MSEK 204 ($29 million)
contract will be delivered with a night sight, Bolide supersonic missiles and
aircraft IFF. Since 2001, Saab Bofors Dynamics has sold RBS70 systems worth one
billion SEK ($140 million). Swedish Saab won the competition against European
and American tenders. Czech Republic will be the 18th nation to add RBS70 to its
defense materiel inventory.
The order is for the upgraded version of RBS70 air defense system and comprises
the items noted above. Deliveries are scheduled to take place in 2005, 2006 and
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