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Škoda Works (Škodovy zvody in Czech) was the biggest industrial enterprise in Austria-Hungary and then Czechoslovakia and among the biggest in Europe. Founded by Emil Škoda in 1899 in Plzeň it soon became the leading arms manufacturer in the country producing heavy guns for navy, mountain guns or mortars as well as locomotives, aircraft, ships, machine tools, steam turbines, power-engineering equipment, etc. Škoda produced the world's first triple-barrelled gun turrets for the Viribus Unitis class of battleships of the Austro-Hungarian navy. Prior to World War II and during the occupation by Nazi Germany Škoda also produced LT-35 and LT-38 tanks, which are better known under their German labels Panzer 35(t) and Panzer 38(t).

Mountain guns produced by Škoda:

Other weapons produced by Škoda:

The present-day company specializes in heavy machinery (such as nuclear reactors and locomotives). Mismanagement and lack of technological progress had weakened the company to only a shadow of its past glory.

See also

Skoda Auto

External links

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