Defence & Security News - Czech Republic
|Wednesday, August 27, 2014 04:26 PM|
|Czech Army receiving surplus Hungarian T-72 main battle tanks|
According to UPI, more than four dozen T-72 tanks are on their way to the Czech military from Hungarian Army depots. The Hungarian Ministry of Defense said the transport of 58 surplus tanks began on Monday to an undisclosed point in the Czech Republic but offered no other details.
Hungarian T-72 MBTs during military drills in Tata region
Hungary said the Prague government purchased the tanks in accordance with the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, or CFE, an international agreement which governed the number of tanks that both NATO and the Warsaw Pact could have on the Continent. It also set regulations governing the withdrawal of tanks from service and their storage and sale.
"Under the terms of the sales contract, the customer has strict liability because the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe applies to all sales of tanks, and it must also comply with the concrete regulations imposed by the Hungarian laws," Hungary's Defense Ministry said. "The customer is allowed to resell the tanks only in compliance with the relevant provisions of the CFE Treaty."