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Euro: Night-vision devices for Czech military are U.S.-made

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Prague, Jan 24 (CTK) – The thousands of night-vision devices for 199 million crowns without VAT, which the military will buy from the Czech firm PRAMACOM-HT, are made by U.S. Nivisys MUM-14, but Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said Czech industry won the tender, weekly Euro writes its Monday´s issue.
Pramacom won the tender in a public tender launched by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). It is to supply 2500 night-vision devices that will replace similar outdated devises that the military uses now and that require arduous maintenance, Euro writes.
“The Czech firm succeeded in an NSPA demanding international tender in which 17 firms took part. Our defence industry again proved its high competitiveness,” Stropnicky commented on the contract.
Euro writes that Pramacom maximally assembles the noctivisors from imported parts. The sole Czech producers of similar apparatuses is Meopta-optika based in Prerov, north Moravia.
Euro writes that the semi-professional U.S. product Nivisys MUM-14 can be also bought on the Internet. On the Amazon server it is sold for an equivalent of some 49,000 crowns.
The cost of one device for which the military will buy it is almost 80,000 crowns, but it is complete with a gadget that allows its fixing to the helmet and the connection of two noctivisors to one device for both eyes.
Pramacom supplied 900 devices of the same type to the Czech military in 2014 already.
The soldiers should get the noctivisors within the current contract by June 2017.
($1=25.002 crowns)

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