E15 (Czech Republic), 06. 04. 2018, Ondřej Souček
Weapons from Česká zbrojovka will soon be used by all the armies of the Visegrád Group, with Hungary becoming the last country to do so. Their army will be supplied by a local company, M.o.D. Arzenál, which has purchased a licence from CZ.
M.o.D. Arzenál, a Hungarian national company, shall manufacture a total of 200,000 firearms to the value of 100 million Czech crowns on the basis of a 10 year Czech licence. The company has purchased the licence from CZ Export Prague, CZ’s daughter company. The company will thus produce P-07/09 pistols, the Scorpion submachine guns and the CZ Bren 2 assault rifles, with the primary focus on supplying the local army.
Lubomír Kovařík, the President and Chairman of the Board of CZ says: “Our company exports these highly advanced weapons to more than one hundred countries all over the world, where their reliability and combat efficiency have been tried and tested with great success. The Bren 2 assault rifles have even been selected to be used by the GIGN, the French elite counter-terrorist group.”
In the first stage, the Hungarian company shall focus on assembling parts manufactured by CZ and as of January, they will begin producing complete firearms. According to the Hungarian Minister of Defence, István Simicskó, two hundred new job places will be created thanks to the licensing agreement and the country will see a revival of firearms manufacturing.
The agreement was signed on the 28th March 2018, on the same day Budapest hosted a meeting of the Visegrád Group Defence Ministers. In an interview for the E15 newspaper, the Czech Defence Minister, Karla Šlechtová, stated: “I am very pleased that we have been able to sponsor the purchase of the licence with Mr. Simicskó and thus support the Czech defence industry”, adding that CZ products are now used by all countries of the Visegrád Group.
EHC CZUB, SE, a company controlled by René Holeček, owns 90% of CZ shares, 10% is owned by Members of the Board. Apart from its mother plant in Uherský Brod, the company also has branches in Brno, Slovakia and the United States.
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Lubomír Kovařík, the President and Chairman of the Board of CZ demonstrates the Scorpion submachine gun, one of the firearms that will be produced in Hungary under the Czech licence.