At the IDET trade expo in Brno, the Czech Army ceremonially handed over the new KOV TITUS (Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System) 6×6 infantry mobility vehicle. The Czech Republic produces 62 vehicles, which will be handed over to soldiers by the end of 2024. In the presence of Generals Petr Milick, director of the MoD forces development section, and Petr Najdárek, director of the MoD communication and information systems section, the symbolic key to the wheeled armored vehicle (KOVS TITUS 6×6) was received by Deputy Minister of Defense Daniel Blakovec and the Chief of the General Staff of the ACR, Lieutenant General Karel Ehka.
The TITUS is a 6×6 infantry mobility vehicle developed and built by French manufacturer of specialized defence land forces products NEXTER SYSTEMS TATRA DEFENCE VEHICLE and TATRA TRUCK. The contract for 62 TITUS was signed in 2019. 42 vehicles are in the command-staff and liaison version, 20 vehicles will be used as a fire support coordination point. The majority will go to liaison units of the 4th and 7th Brigade Task Forces, where they will replace the obsolete R-5, R-6 and R-7 radio vehicles. Titus will ensure interoperability of the command and control system at the brigade and battalion level in accordance with NATO standards.
TITUS belongs to the MRAV (Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle) category vehicle with ballistic and anti-mine protection from Level 1 till 4 of STANAG 4569, including Chemical Biological Radiation (CBR) protection system. TITUS characteristics are in a special higher protection of the crew compartment while securing high mobility also in harsh terrain environment thanks to TATRA 6×6 chassis with central backbone tube and independently suspended swing half-axle (steering of the first and third axle). As a power unit may be used various engines such as TATRA, Cummis, etc. with fully automatic transmissions.
By using various mission kits and thanks to high compatibility with the modern weapon stations, can TITUS be fully adjusted according to user requirements. Because of TITUS high modularity, TITUS can be deployed in various roles and configurations: infantry fighting vehicle, ambulance, commander vehicle, communication vehicle, mortar carrier, recovery vehicle, combat system carrier (anti-tank, anti-aircraft defence system), reconnaissance vehicle, Police version. TITUS can be equipped with various remote weapon stations from 7.62mm to 12.7mm, and 40mm Grenade Launchers or 20mm automatic cannon. TITUS is designed to be transportable by most of the commonly used middle or heavy category cargo aircrafts.