Just over a year after signing the procurement contract for 62 Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility System (TITUS) multipurpose vehicles, Nexter has delivered the first prototype to Tatra Defence Vehicles. Blast and direct fire tests, among others, will be carried out there in preparation for the acceptance tests in the Czech Armed Forces. This comes after the Czech Ministry of Defence ordered 62 TITUS vehicles for around €258m in July 2019, with the vehicles to be manufactured by Nexter in cooperation with the Czech company Eldis Pardubice.
Nexter has built a protected cabin on a chassis from Tatra Trucks, which can accommodate up to 14 people. 42 vehicles will be used for command and liaison tasks and 20 vehicles for artillery fire control. Following approval for series production, the vehicles will be delivered by the end of 2025.
With a combat weight of 27 tonnes, the TITUS is powered by a 300 kW Cummins diesel engine. Protection against projectiles, fragments, mines and IEDs can be adjusted between level 2A/2B and 4A/4B, depending on requirements. A special feature of the 6×6 vehicle is the steering with front and rear wheels (1st and 3rd axle), which results in a particularly small turning circle.