The Czech Army's record contract for 234 armoured transporter vehicles, won last year by Austrian-based Steyr Daimler Puch with a bid of over one billion dollars, faces a legal threat, according to the Czech online news server aktualne.cz. A Prague court ruled this week that the Italian bidder for the contract, Iveco Fiat, was unfairly eliminated during the first round, the server has reported, citing the company's Czech lawyer, Viktor Bradac. According to Mr Bradac, the ruling means that the Ministry of Defence cannot sign the final contract with Steyr, a subsidiary of US defence giant General Dynamics, since - in his view - Iveco is back in the tender.
The Ministry of Defence spokesman so far has said that the ministry can not comment until it receives a written version of the court's decision.
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