Army to receive the first new Toyota Hilux off-road vehicles in early summer

Army to receive the first new Toyota Hilux off-road vehicles in early summer
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05 / 04 / 2021, 10:00

In November last year, the Ministry of Defense signed a contract for the supply of Toyota Hilux off-road vehicles. In March, control tests were successfully completed and then military tests will begin, the Ministry of Defense informed on Twitter.

The Army has long been troubled with obsolete UAZ and to some extent also the Land Rover vehicles (out of production now), which are still in use. These will be replaced with Toyota Hilux off-road pick-up vehicles in the years 2021-2024. Funds in the amount of 1.6 billion crowns were allocated for the acquisition.

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Replacement of old vehicles was also one of the priorities of the current Minister of Defense Lubomír Metnar and Chief of General Staff Aleš Opat. The contract with Glomex MS was signed in November last year and the Ministry of Defense will be able to purchase up to 1,200 vehicles under the contract.

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The Ministry of Defense informed on its twitter account that the Toyota Hilux cars had successfully passed the control tests, and military tests would follow. If all goes according to plan, the first new vehicles will be delivered to the Army in early summer, which is even a little bit sooner then expected: according to the MoD’s plan from the end of last year new Toyotas were to reach troops in the second half of the year.

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