Defense Ministry focusing on need to modernize artillery

The Defense Ministry wants to modernize the Czech military’s artillery, news site Euro.cz wrote on Monday citing outgoing Defense Minister Karla Šlechtová. The previous government approved a deal last year worth 1.27 billion crowns not including VAT for roughly 33 DANA self-propelled artillery pieces.

The contract was intended to have gone to Tatra Trucks but it was never signed. The outgoing defense minister said that the DANA system did not meet standard requirements set by NATO and the deal was rejected.

The ministry is to discuss the modernization of its artillery pieces with the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces this week.