Czech Defence News of the Week (15 February – 22 February 2019)

Czech Defence News of the Week (15 February – 22 February 2019)
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25 / 02 / 2019, 09:00

The Ministry of Defence has issued a certification that Zdena Mašínová, mother of the Mašín brothers and wife to Major General Josef Mašín, actively participated in the resistance against communism - On Monday 18th February the Ministry of Defence and the SAAB Czech s.r.o. (local subsidiary of Saab Dynamics) have signed a contract on supply of tactical simulators - 65 soldiers, veterans of the UN, EU and NATO missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo and Kongo were awarded Medals of the Minister of Defence - Among the first this year’s exercises the artillery Ground Fires 2019 took place in Hradiště Military Region from the 4th till the 22nd February

  • The Ministry of Defence has issued a certification that Zdena Mašínová, mother of the Mašín brothers and wife to Major General Josef Mašín, actively participated in the resistance against communism. Zdena Mašínová died in 1956 in a forced labor camp in Pardubice. Josef Mašín was member of the anti-nazi resistance group called Three Kings which excelled in intelligence gathering and sabotage. He was capture by the Gestapo in 1941 and executed following the assassination of Heydrich. Her sons Ctirad and Josef were active in armed resistance against the communist regime in 1951-1953, they shot their way our of Czechoslovakia, and joined the US Army. Zdena Mašínová organized a petition in support of Milada Horáková. She was arrested for “espionage and treason”, treated brutally and sentenced to 25 years. In 1998 she was postumously awarded the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
  • On Monday 18th February the Ministry of Defence and the SAAB Czech s.r.o. (local subsidiary of Saab Dynamics) have signed a contract on supply of tactical simulators. Czech Army puts in use a life simulation system SOUB/ST-SSS-BV supplied by SAAB Czech s.r.o. in 2011, serving to simulate realistic combat situations. The system was implemented on ten Pandur II Wheeled Infantry Fighting Vehicles. New system will now be used by the infantry, and both are to be fully compatible. The acquisition should strenghten the capabilities of the Centre of Simulation and Training Technologies (CSTT).

  • 65 soldiers, veterans of the UN, EU and NATO missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo and Kongo were awarded Medals of the Minister of Defence on Friday 22nd February. Among them the members of the 24th Air Advisor Team (AAT) in Afghanistan, the last of 24 units totalling 250 air instructors who trained, together with their Slovak and Hungarian colleagues, Afghan pilots of the Mi-24/35 and Mi-17/171 helicopters for over a decade. Other soldiers were awarded with the Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defence and Honorable Medals of Merit.

See also: Current Foreign Deployments of the Czech Army

  • Among the first this year’s exercises the artillery Ground Fires 2019 took place in Hradiště Military Region from the 4th till the 22nd February, with the 131st Artillery Battalion of the 13th Artillery Regiment, a mortar battery and a mechanized platoon; 350 soldiers and 135 vehicles in total, including the Active Reserve Infantry Company from Prague and Central Bohemia.

See also: Czech Army’s Active Reserve – numbers are rising (should be 5,000 by 2025)

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