At the IDEB Defence and Security 2023 trade fair on Tuesday, October 3, three Slovak arms companies, EVPÚ a. s., DefTech a. s. and KONŠTRUKTA – Defence a. s., signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the production of a new, exclusively Slovak combat vehicle.
The new combat vehicle will consist of parts from their own development. In the case of EVPÚ a. s. from Nová Dubnica, it is the Glaudius 12 remote-controlled weapon station, which has been serving as a superstructure for vehicles in the Czech army since 2021. In the case of the new Slovak combat vehicle, it will be mounted on a 4×4 chassis supplied by DefTech a. s. from Vlkanova.
The project will be covered and adapted for the needs of the Slovak army by the state armament company KONŠTRUKTA-Defence, a. s. Dubnica nad Váhom.
KONŠTRUKTA-Defence, a. s. will also develop a new type of mortar, which will be a part of this vehicle.
“As for every Slovak manufacturer, it is a great challenge for us to participate in the development and production of a Slovak defence industry product,” said Michal Pavlík, CEO of EVPÚ a. s.
This memorandum also demonstrates the mutual interest of these companies to cooperate in the development in areas related to the development, production, presentation and sale of defence industry products.
“We at EVPÚ see the signing of the memorandum as the start of cooperation that will take us one step further in the field of development and production of weapon stations,” added M. Pavlík.
Business cards of the companies that have signed the Memorandum of Cooperation:
EVPÚ a. s.:
Electrotechnical Research and Design Institute operating for 55 years in Nová Dubnica. It specializes in production, research and development, service and trade in the field of electrical components for transport, mechatronic systems, current sources and systems for the defence industry.
The memorandum was signed on behalf of EVPÚ by Michal Pavlík, CEO of the company.
KONSTTRUKTA-Defence a. s.
Research, development and manufacturing company specializing in the design, development, system integration and certification of ground and air defence weapon systems, ammunition, command and fire control systems, electronic systems and other modified special superstructures, wheeled and tracked vehicle platforms.
The Memorandum was signed on behalf of KONSTTRUKTA-Defence by Alexander Gursky, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
DefTech a. s.
A company doing business since 2014, mainly specialized in research, development and production of drones, radio transmitters and armored vehicles.
The Memorandum was signed on behalf of DefTech by Maroš Hudoba, Chairman of the Board of Directors.