CZ partners with Rheinmetall
The Czech Army is to be equipped with new modern hand grenades. The tender to supply the grenades was won by Česká zbrojovka (CZ), a local company that put forward the best price bid and are manufactured by Rheinmetall, CZ’s strategic partner.
“The selection parameters were extremely tough, the army specified their requirements and the technical and user parameters for the grenades in great detail,” Petr Vávra, Head of the Czech Army Department, stated. “Obviously, the objective was to select a modern yet a tried and tested as well as effective device that would take into account the current security threats and the needs of soldiers in combat.”
Major manufacturers from NATO countries took part in the tender. “It is not an easy feat to succeed in such a strong competition, therefore I, as a former soldier, am personally very pleased that another type of a modern weapon will become a part of the a Czech soldier’s equipment,” Vávra said. “We have worked with Rheinmteall for nearly 10 years on various projects. Their high quality munition has helped us to sell the CZ 805 G1 grenade launcher from CZ and we in turn help them to sell their munition.”
CZ is planning to transfer grenade production to the Czech Republic, among others, also in case of mobilisation and state crises. For the hand grenade project, the company expects to cooperate with Explosia. “They are a very interesting partner for us whose portfolio complements our comprehensive programme of providing equipment for special units. At the moment, both companies have joint offers from three countries,” Vávra further added.
The fragmentation variant of the new grenates weighs approx. 340g and the concussion variant only about 180 grammes. In addition, despite the decrease in weight, the pressure wave achieved is large and effective, while in the fragmentation grenade the number of fragments has increased from 1,200 to about 3,500. The army was lacking the concussion grenades in particular, for use in built-up areas, for penetration into buildings and special buildings. The supply of grenades will also include school and training variants, as well as training and other user documentation.