Czech Army seeks replacement for legendary Praga V3S all-terrain trucks

Ministry of Defense announced its plan to buy 41 new all-terrain trucks worth more than half a billion Czech crowns. According to the Minister Martin Stropnicky, Czech Army needs vehicles to transport 120-millimeter mortars and ammunition.

MIlitary Praga V3S

Military Praga V3S | Photo courtesy of Czech Army

Even thought last Praga V3S rolled off the production line in 1989, they are still in active use by Czech Army combat units. Stropnicky now introduced his plan to replace more than a quarter of a century old vehicles with a brand new custom made Tatra Trucks.

“The tender is fundamental for modernization of units equipped with 120mm caliber mortars. It will significantly increase their combat capabilities,” Petr Medek, Defense Ministry spokesman, stated.

One of the requirements for the new vehicles is an explosion proof double cabin.

According to the ministry, all vehicles shall be delivered before the end of November 2016.

Estimated contract value is 511 million crowns (VAT excluded).