19th NATO Days in Ostrava & 10th Czech Air Force Days

19th NATO Days in Ostrava & 10th Czech Air Force Days
Author: www.natodays.cz|Caption: Leopard 2 MBT, Bundeswehr
16 / 09 / 2019, 08:30

This year's NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days are the largest defence and security show in Europe and the most important public event in the Czech Republic to commemorate the 20th anniversary of our NATO membership and the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The weekend program will provide almost 70 dynamic demonstrations in the air and on the ground within 16 hours. A special partner country of this year is Romania, which will present its air and ground vehicles for the first time in Ostrava.

Spectators can look forward to debut performances of three acrobatic teams - the French group Patrouille de France, the Finnish Midnight Hawks and the Swiss group PC-7 Team. For the first time, the event will feature ground armoured equipment from four foreign countries.

“This year, representatives of the armed forces and other security forces from 17 countries and the North Atlantic Alliance will be present at Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport, and will present their skills and technology in dynamic and static demonstrations,” Zbyněk Pavlačík, chairman of Jagello 2000, the organizing association, says. “In total, the airport area will be filled with more than 100 aircraft and dozens of ground equipment. Thanks to the scale of the event, a record number of official foreign delegations are also heading to Ostrava. ”

NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days will also be an important event for the Czech aviation industry. The brand new L-39NG aircraft produced by the general partner of the event, Aero Vodochody, will be presented to the public for the first time. "The cooperation of the Czech Air Force with the domestic aviation industry is a matter of course, and I am delighted that we will be able to see the L-39NG aircraft for the first time on Czech Air Force Days. The Czech Air Force will include this aircraft in its equipment in the near future." Petr Hromek, Commander of the Czech Air Force, said. "The Czech public will have the first opportunity to have a close look at the American helicopters AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom, which are going to replace the old Mi-24/35 of the Czech Air Force."

“The Czech Air Force will also be involved in performing an extraordinary dynamic demonstration - a mass jump of 40 Czech and Polish paratroopers from two C-295 aircraft,” Major General Hromek added. Members of the Czech 43rd Airborne Battalion and the Polish Special Unit AGAT will be involved in the landing, each state will use its C-295 aircraft. In Czech modern history, this will be the first mass jump in public.

Romania will take on the role of a special partner state whose concept enables the presentation of security forces on an extraordinary scale. Its dynamic demonstrations and static expositions will bear the spirit of premieres and returns. For the first time, NATO Days will feature Romanian ground vehicles, which will be represented by the main battle tank TR-85 Bison, wheeled armored personnel carrier Piranha III or self-propelled anti-aircraft system Gepard. The Romanian tank TR-85 will also participate in a demonstration of combat operations together with the Czech army. For the first time, IAR-99 Soim and IAR-330 Puma helicopter will also be introduced. The popular MiG-21 or the C-27J Spartan will also return. With the exception of the latter, all aircraft technology will be presented both on the ground and in the air. The Romanian Ministry of Interior is preparing an extensive presentation of its rescue equipment.

Romanian TR-85 MBT

The presentation of ground equipment at this year's NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days will be enriched in addition to Romania and the Czech Republic by three other foreign participants. While Poland will once again represent the AGAT special unit with its fleet of vehicles, including the Oshkosh M-ATV, Germany will also present the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank, the Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle and the Boxer wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier in addition to the security forces. The line-up will also be complemented by the United States, which will be represented by the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and the Stryker wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier.

B-52 during NATO Days

From the USA, the giant B-52 Stratofortress and the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft are traditionally heading for the NATO Days. In addition, after long ten years the transport aircraft C-5M SuperGalaxy will return. Its size overshadows both the KC-135 and the legendary B-52. American giants will also complement the aforementioned pair of helicopters AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom, which will soon be acquired by the Czech Air Force.

Equally important is the participation of foreign delegations. Their number is the highest in the history of the event, with representatives of twelve countries taking part. The NATO Days in Ostrava will host an official meeting of Air Force commanders from the Visegrad Group countries. All V4 countries will also be represented by their respective ministers of defence. The delegation, headed by the Ambassador, is sent by partner Romania to Ostrava, the USA, as well as Thailand and the Philippines will also be represented.

“This year we celebrate the anniversary of events that are very important to our country. It is 30 years since democracy and freedom prevailed here. And exactly 20 years ago, the Czech Republic joined the North Atlantic Alliance and became a member of a self-confident group that aims to contribute to the preservation of democracy and peace. Every year, thanks to the show, we also remind ourselves of the importance of the role of our rescuers, police officers, soldiers and everyone who makes us feel safe, ”Ivo Vondrák, Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region, who provided titular support this year, said.

This year, ŠKODA AUTO will be the exclusive partner of the event. As in previous years, the Mladá Boleslav car manufacturer will present exhibits of the traditional Czech Škoda brand. The focus will be on the new Škoda Scala and Škoda Kamiq. The driving characteristics of the Skoda Kodiaq, Karoq and Octavia Scout will then be tested on the off-road polygon.

Companies from the CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP and TATRA TRUCKS holding, which are special partners of the event, have prepared an extensive presentation of their vehicles as part of the static exhibition for visitors. These include, for example, the latest version of the Tatra Tactic 4x4 military truck, the Tatra Phoenix on 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 chassis. EXCALIBUR ARMY will then bring to NATO Days in Ostrava its armoured vehicle PATRIOT II, ​​which premiered at this year's IDET exhibition.

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