EXCALIBUR ARMY and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems announced the formation of a strategic partnership

18.05.2015 09:24

EXCALIBUR ARMY a leading Czech producer of military armored vehicles, and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, to sign a strategic partnership. Contracts on cooperation was signed at special event held 20th of May 2015 in course of defence exhibition IDET in Brno, Czech Republic.

RAFAEL designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of high tech defense systems for air, land, sea and space applications among them the remote controlled turrets RCWS-30 of SAMSON family of products which are installed on most of wheeled armored vehicles Pandur II 8x8 CZ of the Czech Army.

The partnership between EXCALIBUR ARMY and RAFAEL will add value for the Czech army regarding maintenance services and enables integration of RAFAEL´s systems with armored vehicles Pandur, BMP and Ascod using manufacturing capacities of EXCALIBUR ARMY based mainly in key production facility in Šternberk, Czech Republic.

This Coorporation Agreement ensures a long term excellent support and avalibility for the exsisiting Czech Army Pandur fleet equiped with Rafael's 30mm Samson remote weapon station.

Petr Kratochvíl, CEO of EXCALIBUR ARMY, says: “Partnership with RAFAEL is logically linked to already existing cooperation with GENERAL DYNAMICS LAND SYSTEMS EUROPE (GDLSE), the producer of  wheeled platform Pandur and tracked platform Ascod. It is advantageous not only for private companies but especially for the Czech Army, which gets easier access and lower costs of maintenance services".

Giora Katz , executive vice-president of land and naval division of RAFAEL, says: "Excalibur is ideal local and strategic partner for Rafael. This partnership will bring Rafael capabilities and experience for the Czech army and will expand both companies business opportunities in the Czech Republic".


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EXCALIBUR ARMY was established in 1995 to trade with surplus military vehicles and equipment retired from the Army of the Czech Republic and other Central-European armies. The company is not focusing on reselling the equipment, but rather on the repairs, overhauls and modernizations, including substantial upgrades to of military vehicles from the former Warsaw Treaty countries to NATO standards. In the facility of the former military maintenance plant in Šternberk, the company employs about 400 people. The revenue in 2013 reached 1.1 billion CZK. It is a part of the EXCALIBUR GROUP holding company.