On 9 March 2022, Ceská zbrojovka concluded an amendment to the framework agreement for the purchase of small arms, signed in April 2020, with the Ministry of Defense. The amendment will enable the Army of the Czech Republic to receive small arms supplies with the value of up to CZK 1.18 billion higher than the originally agreed limit of CZK 2.35 billion. Based on the amended contract, Ceská zbrojovka will, among other things, increase the supply of the CZ BREN 2 CZ modular assault rifles, CZ P-10 pistols, and other small arms, including accessories, depending on the current needs of the Army of the Czech Republic.
“The purchase of new firearms in the NATO caliber will lead to a complete transition of weapons for the individual soldier to NATO caliber and type unification of the professional units of the Army of the Czech Republic. Moreover, this creates conditions for the gradual rearmament of the members of the active reserves with small arms,” said the Czech Republic Ministry of Defense.
“Ceská zbrojovka is a long-term and proud partner of the Army of the Czech Republic, so we are ready to prioritize and accelerate supplies for our army, and thus contribute to the defense of the Czech Republic. Primarily, the amendment to the framework agreement will enable us to respond faster and better to the immediate needs of the Army of the Czech Republic caused by the latest developments in the security situation in Eastern Europe,” said Jan Zajíc, CEO of Zeská zbrojovka.
Ceská zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB) is an engineering company based in Uherský Brod, Czech Republic whose main activities include the production of service, hunting and sports firearms. It is owned by Ceská zbrojovka Group SE, which also owns other companies with related production programmes. CZUB currently has around 1800 employees. It is one of the highest volume exporters in the Czech Republic, sending its products to more than 100 countries around the world. The company is among the top ten small arms manufacturers in the world and five that manufactures automatic firearms. In 2021, CZUB acquired the Colt’s Manufacturing Company.