Czech company Excalibur Army (an arms dealer) won a contract to supply the Iraqi army with more than a hundred of former Czech tanks (likely of the T-72M1 type) and other armored vehicles (BMP-1 variants) to help them fight the muslim radicals from the Islamic State. Dozens of these refitted vehicles are ready in the army depot in Šternberk today and the Iraqi representatives are inspecting them. According to the news server, they are very satisfied.
Jaroslav Strnad, the owner of Excalibur, commented that this is only one part of a larger deal, involving more than a hundred of former Czech army vehicles, mothballed in the depots. The Iraqi representatives looked for a suitable supplier all around the Europe, but also in Ukraine and Russia. In the end, the chose the Czech company due to the good ratio of price versus state of the vehicles. Another advantage is that the Iraqi soldiers are already experienced with the former Soviet vehicles. According to Strnad, this contract is worth of dozens of millions of USD, the first one of its kind for the company, as previously, the Russians and the Ukrainians always won these contracts by using dumping prices.
This contract was approved by the Czech government and army officials as well as much better alternative of helping fight the terrorists than sending our own troops to Iraq, although our representatives are not united in this opinion, as for example Czech president Miloš Zeman recently urged the NATO states to start a full-blown land campaign against ISIS.