New special Pandur II weeled armored vehicles for the Czech Army are passing troop tests

New special Pandur II weeled armored vehicles for the Czech Army are passing troop tests
05 / 12 / 2019, 10:00

In January 2017, the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic signed a contract with Tatra Defense Vehicle for the supply of 20 Pandur II special armored vehicles. The demanding project of new vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic is now heading towards the finals and the Army could soon take over the first pieces of special Pandur vehicles into its equipment.

Based on an order from 2017, the Czech Army will receive 6 special Pandurs in the command KOVVŠ (Wheeled Armored Command Post Vehicle) version and 14 in the KOVS (Wheeled Armored Communications Vehicle) communications version. The delivery also includes 6 field head quarters. The new Pandurs II CZ 8x8 will serve at the headquarters of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade and the headquarters of the individual battalions of this brigade.

With the construction of command post and communications versions of Pandur II CZ vehicles Tatra Defense Vehicle Kopřivnice in cooperation with other companies and institutions such as Retia, Military Research Institute, Military Technical Institute of Land Forces, Ray Service, Optokon, Interlink CS, B.O.I.S. Filters and other showed that the Czech defence industry has the ability to develop modern armor and capabilities to supply the Czech Army military platforms with world-class electronic equipment. After the troop tests, which the vehicles are now successfully passing, nothing will prevent the production of new Pandurs, and the Army is to get all 20 pieces in the coming months. The first 4 pieces already this year, the remaining 16 pieces by the end of 2020.

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KOVS communications vehicles are designed to provide support and interoperability of command and control systems at brigade and battalion levels. The technical and electronic equipment of the KOVS makes it possible to process information up to the "T" level. Command Post KOVVŠ Pandurs will provide support in the decision-making processes of the commanders at the level of the battalion and brigade during the management of combat and streamline the process of command and control of the subordinate elements. Their technical and electronic equipment allows to work with information up to the degree "T" as well. Command Post Pandurs will be completed with field head quarters. These are special inflatable tents with dimensions of 8 x 5.7 x 3 m with a capacity of 10 workplaces with computer terminals. With them, it will be possible to expand the number of staff of the superior command levels directly in the field.

Thanks to their special purpose, the KOVVŠ and KOVS Pandurs are different from the wheeled IFV Pandur, which are already in service with the Czech Army. The interior of the hull has larger dimensions, required by the installation of a number of electronic systems. For comparison, the interior space of the wheeled IFV is 13.12 m3, for KOVS and KOVVŠ it is 14.4 m3, the interior space increased mainly due to the increase in the vehicle body. In the interior of the KOVS and KOVVŠ vehicles there is space for 4 crew members: driver, vehicle commander and two operators of electronic systems. They all sit on the new BOG-AMS-V anti-explosion seats of Czech origin. The crew also has an independent power source.

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The most significant change compared to the Pandurs already in service is the increase of the ballistic and anti-mine protection of the KOVS and KOVVŠ vehicles to the level of 3 / 3a according to STANAG 4569. This was achieved mainly by installing new additional plates of ceramic armor and strengthening the chassis parts. Thanks to these changes the total weight of both versions compared to previous versions of Czech Pandurs also increased, so the braking system was also strengthened. The vehicles are not ambhibious.

The KOVVŠ vehicles are equipped with a number of systems for coded and uncoded voice and data connection in the VHF and UHF bands. It is mainly the radio station AN / PRC-117G located in the commander's area, then the terminal INMARSAT BGAN, two VHF / UHF antennas and SATCOM antenna. Due to the installation of a telescopic antenna mast, which can extend to a height of more than 10 m, the command post and communications Pandurs are equipped with hydraulic supports of the chassis for stabilization.

To ensure high-capacity data transmission, KOVVŠ vehicles are equipped with a radio relay link, which consists of the RF-7800W-IU200, as well as a system of automatic directional antenna, radio RF-7800W-OU500, directional antenna, omnidirectional antenna and speakerphone. The vehicles are also equipped with systems for coded and uncoded data and voice connections within the network infrastructure and internal voice communication for the crew.

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KOVS vehicles are equipped with similar systems for coded and uncoded voice and data connection in the VHF and UHF bands as in the case of KOVVŠ vehicles, in addition, they have two AN / PRC-117G radios. With some minor differences the equipment for coded and uncoded data and voice communication within the network infrastructure and internal voice equipment for the crew is similar. Compared to the KOVVŠ version, KOVS vehicles are also equipped with coded and uncoded voice and data connection systems in the HF band.

New communications and command post Pandurs for the Czech Army have no integral armament or combat stations, but at the commander’s hatch the infantry light machine gun MINIMI caliber 7.62 mm mount is installed.

Motorization of the new Pandurs is identical to the existing versions in the Czech army. It is a six-cylinder Cummins ISLe T450 HPCR turbo-diesel engine with a power output of 335.6 kW, which is capable of starting up to 100 km / h at a weight exceeding 22 tons. The range is approximately 700 km, vehicles are able to overcome 2 m-wide trenches, vertical obstacles up to a height of 0.6 m and overcome watercourses by fording up to 1.5 m.

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