The CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP holding and TATRA TRUCKS truck maker will attend the IDEX 2017 defense exhibition

15 February, 2017

Between 19 and 23 February 2017, one of the largest fairs of defense technologies and equipment will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP holding and TATRA TRUCKS truck maker will be among the exhibitors.

The companies of the CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP (CSG) holding and the TATRA TRUCKS automaker will bring several new items and interesting exhibits to the IDEX 2017 fair. As part of the CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP holding, the companies EXCALIBUR INTERNATIONAL, EXCALIBUR ARMY, EUROPEAN AIR SERVICES, MSM GROUP, ZVS, RETIA and KARBOX will present themselves at IDEX 2017 to introduce benefits they can jointly provide to the customers in various regions.

EXCALIBUR ARMY, for example, will introduce a complete novelty in the form of the RM-70 Vampire 4D launcher, which uses proven GRAD 122mm firing equipment with a capacity of 80 missiles. This rocket launcher on the TATRA FORCE 8x8 chassis with a TATRA engine, semi-automatic TATRA-NORGREN transmission and four-door, five-seat cab is a highly mobile arsenal that, after firing its rockets, can use its speed to immediately change firing position. Making its world premiere in Abu Dhabi will be the unmanned CANTAS E aerial vehicle with the capability of vertical take-off and landing, made by EXCALIBUR INTERNATIONAL. CANTAS E is designed for long reconnaissance or patrol and surveillance missions, and has a flight endurance of up to 18 hours. CANTAS E belongs to a larger family of versatile UAVs, and the CANTAS A version will also be exhibited at IDEX 2017. TATRA TRUCKS supplies vehicles for the transport and control of these UAVs to customers in the Middle East. The manufacturer of RETIA special electronics will present the latest version of the special ReTWis radar equipment.

At IDEX 2017, TATRA TRUCKS will present a command vehicle on the TATRA TACTIC 6x6 chassis, whose special superstructure was designed by KARBOX, a part of CSG Holding. These vehicles are produced in Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the Military Industries Corporation.

The importance of the IDEX fair, which is held every two years, is constantly growing. This is evidenced by the numbers of exhibitors and visitors. In 2015, 1,100 exhibitors from more than 120 countries showed their exhibits on an area of 35,000 square meters, and the number of visitors exceeded 100,000. It is also interesting that in 2015 Czech participation occupied the largest exhibition space of all new EU member countries and the share of CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP holding and TATRA TRUCKS formed a very significant part of it. United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are among the most important customers of TATRA TRUCKS. The number of TATRA vehicles on active duty in the armed forces of the two countries now exceeds 2,000 units.


CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP (abbreviated as CSG) is a holding company following in the tradition of Czechoslovak industry, supporting and further developing the activities of traditional Czech and Slovak companies in the field of defense and civilian industrial production. Its portfolio includes the manufacture and sale of military and special vehicles, off-road trucks, weapons and weapon systems, ammunition, engineering products for the automotive, rail and aerospace industries, braking systems for rail vehicles, and road transport and logistics services. The Group puts strong emphasis on the quality of its products and services, and on its export activities. The products of the holding’s companies can be found on all continents, and the number of its customers is still growing. The business units of CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP holding generated revenues of CZK 13.6 billion in 2015 and currently employ over 6,000 workers.


In 2013 TATRA TRUCKS acquired the world-famous Tatra truck maker, and after the change of the ownership structure, carried out a successful restructuring. In addition to the standard model ranges they also produce special trucks tailored to customer requirements. Eighty percent of the production is intended for export. TATRA TRUCKS automotive company employs 1350 employees at the parent company, while more than 600 work for the subsidiary TATRA METALURGIE, primarily focused on casting and forging. The turnover for TATRA TRUCKS in 2015 was CZK 3.7 billion, profit before tax was CZK 400 million. In 2016 TATRA TRUCKS produced 1,326 vehicles, meaning production has grown by more than 50 percent year-to-year.


Andrej Čírtek
Press spokesman of TATRA TRUCKS a.s.

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