Czech arms company Excalibur Group will sell weapons to Nigeria's government forces in its fight with the militant group Boko Haram, local media reported on Friday.
Excalibur Group's spokesman Andrej Cirtek confirmed to the Prague Post that weapons include modernised Soviet-origin T-72 M1 tanks, armoured infantry fighting vehicles and rocket launchers and that the destination for those weapons is an “African country”.
However, the Prague Post reported that Czech Defence and Security Industry Association head Jiri Hynek confirmed that the destination is Nigeria.
According to the report, the heavy arms come from redundant equipment of the armies of the former Warsaw Pact.
The arms are to be carried by a huge Antonov An-225 Mriya transport plane from the airport in Ostrava, north Moravia, Czech Republic.
The aircraft is scheduled to make three flights to Africa, the first part of the arms will be sent there within a few days, according to the report.
The value of this contract is unknown.
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