The Czech Ministry of Defense announced last week that the army would acquire 949 FN Herstal Minimi machine guns in 7.62mm and 5.56mm calibers, in the amount of over $50 million. The deliveries of the Minimi machine guns are scheduled to take place from 2022 to 2025 and will include sights, armor kits, cases, and packaging.
Currently, the Czech armed forces have different types of machine guns in 7.62mm and 12.7mm calibers including M2 Browning, NSV, M134 Minigun, PK 7.62mm machine gun, Rheinmetall MG 3, M60 and M48 from the United States and UK.
According the Czech Ministry of Defense, the acquisition of these new machine guns is part 3 of a modernization plan launched by the Czech armed forces to have new small arms. The Minimi will be used by the Czech Army's infantry units.