Czech Army Warms to the Pandur-II

Pandur II

The Czech Army expects to receive an additional 20 General Dynamics Pandur-II eight-wheel drive armoured vehicles procured via an $82 million order this May.

These new vehicles are to be outfitted as communications and command versions. The army currently has 107 Pandur-IIs acquired in 2009. The contract was awarded to Tatra Defence which acquired an exclusive production license for Pandur-II armoured personnel carriers from General Dynamics European Land Systems in 2016. This is the second success for Tatra with the Pandur-II vehicle which secured an order in 2016 from Indonesia.

The Pandur-II was originally developed by the Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch. The Czech version has an inverted ‘V’ hull to enhance mine blast protection. Austria and Portugal also field Pandur-II with the former having received 34 of is required 128 December 2016. Sources have told that all 20 of these vehicles will be delivered to the Czech Army by May.