October 15, 2019 / 1:51 PM / a month ago

Czechs get three bids for $2.1 bln fighting vehicle purchase

PRAGUE, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic has received preliminary bids from BAE Systems, General Dynamics European Land Systems and Rheinmetall Landsysteme for its planned purchase of 210 infantry fighting vehicles, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

The deal is valued at 50 billion crowns ($2.13 billion) and is the largest military deal in the country's post-communist history.

The ministry said it would review the bids before talks with the three potential suppliers on submitting a final offer. It said Germany's PSM Projekt & System Management decided against submitting a bid for its PUMA vehicle. ($1 = 23.4800 Czech crowns) (Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Alison Williams)

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