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Czech Republic gets 62 TITUS armored vehicles

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The Czech Army formally acquired 62 domestically-produced KOVS TITUS 6×6 armored vehicles in a ceremony at the International Defence and Security Technologies (IDET) trade fair in Brno.

Deputy Minister of Defense Daniel Blažkovec received the symbolic key to the wheeled armored vehicle (KOVS TITUS 6×6), the modular multi-purpose armored vehicle that “represents a significant shift in the digitization of the contemporary battlefield.”

In 2019, Czech signed a contract for the procurement of 62 TITUS (Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System) vehicles. Out of those, 42 units are designated for command-staff and liaison purposes, while the remaining 20 vehicles will serve as fire support coordination points.

The TITUS vehicle, built on the distinctive TATRA chassis, has an upgraded level of modularity, allowing it to adapt to diverse roles and configurations required by various types of troops.

Its capabilities range from infantry transport to combat support and combat security operations, as well as from peacekeeping missions to counter-terrorist interventions.

“It can be so-called equipped and supplemented with various elements – from protective jammers and detectors, through the Nexter Nerva LG Robot system for unmanned operation, systems for day, night and perimeter vision, BMS fire control systems, protection against the effects of weapons of mass destruction and various firearms including 7.62 mm, 12 mm machine guns, 40 mm grenade launchers or 20 mm cannons,” explains Petr Šnajdárek, director of the MoD communication and information systems section.

“TITUS is not only a top-of-the-line liaison vehicle and a point of fire coordination, but it can also defend itself very effectively on the battlefield,” he added.

TITUS in all versions has level 3 ballistic protection according to the STANAG alliance methodology. Its unique chassis allows it to pass through almost any terrain.

It can handle a gradient of 60%, a lateral tilt of 30%, and can develop a speed of 110 km/h. The tires are equipped with a central re-inflating system and run-in inserts in the event of a puncture or tire damage. The vehicle has a range of 700 kilometers.

It is expected that by the conclusion of 2024, a grand total of 62 vehicles will be handed over to the soldiers for deployment.