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Armed Forces of the Czech Republic receives new armored vehicle TITUS

By Defence Industry Europe

On May 25, at the IDET exhibition in Brno, the armed forces ceremoniously took delivery of the new TITUS armored vehicle. A total of 62 vehicles are being manufactured in the Czech Republic and will be handed over to the military by the end of 2024. The symbolic key to the wheeled armored vehicle was received by Deputy Minister of Defense Daniel Blažkovec and Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces Lieutenant General Karel Řehka

The contract wth for 62 TITUS vehicles (Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System) was signed in 2019. Forty-two units are in the command-staff and communication version, while 20 vehicles will be used for coordinating fire support. The majority will be assigned to the communication units of the 4th and 7th Brigade Task Force, replacing outdated radio stations such as R-5, R-6, and R-7. According to General Petra Milčický, the TITUS vehicles will ensure communication and information support, as well as the interoperability of the command and control system at the brigade and battalion levels, in line with NATO standards.



“By being able to transmit information (image and sound) faster and in larger volumes, there will be a fundamental strengthening of this area. Moreover, communication with allies on the joint battlefield will be significantly simplified,” confirmed Milčický.

TITUS (Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility System) is the result of the co-operation between companies Tatra Defence Vehicle, Tatra Trucks and French manufacturer of specialized defence land forces products Nexter Systems.

The TITUS vehicle, built on a unique TATRA chassis, features a high level of modularity. It can be deployed in various roles and configurations required by different types of forces, ranging from infantry transport to combat support and security functions, peacekeeping operations, and counterterrorism interventions.



“It can be equipped and supplemented with various elements, such as jamming and detection systems, the Nexter Nerva LG Robot for unmanned operations, systems for daytime, nighttime, and perimeter vision, fire control systems, protection against the effects of weapons of mass destruction, and various firearms including 7.62mm and 12mm machine guns, 40mm grenade launchers, and 20mm cannons. TITUS is not only an advanced communication vehicle and a fire coordination point, but it can also effectively defend itself on the battlefield,” explained Petr Šnajdárek.

The vehicle, in all versions, possesses STANAG Level 3 ballistic protection according to NATO methodology. Thanks to its unique chassis, it can traverse almost any terrain, with a climbing capability of 60%, a side slope of 30%, and a top speed of 110 km/h. The tires are equipped with a central tire inflation system and run-flat inserts in case of deflation or puncture. The vehicle has a range of 700 kilometers.

 

 

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