Czech Defence News of the Week (16th – 23rd August 2019)

Czech Defence News of the Week (16th – 23rd August 2019)
26 / 08 / 2019, 09:15

The budget of the Ministry of Defence has been increased by 1.2 billion and will reach 75.5 billion crowns next year. - The 22nd annual military history event “Day of Support of the Army of the Czech Republic - Cihelna 2019”. - The commemoration of the 51st anniversary of the 21st August 1968. – Prime Minister: “We decided on the variant that includes eight UH-1Y Venom multi-purpose helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters.” - The tender for tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles encounters the problem of choosing a law office charged with legal assistance.

  • As per agreement between the Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová and Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar the budget of the Ministry of Defence for next year will be strengthened by CZK 1.2 billion. “The budget of the Ministry of Defence has been increased by 1.2 billion and will reach 75.5 billion crowns next year. Thus, we can continue the planned strengthening and modernization of our army and invest in a number of projects, such as the purchase of helicopters or IFV’s, ”Minister Lubomír Metnar said. According to the draft budget approved by the government, MoD should get 74.3 billion crowns next year, which is 7.6 billion crowns more than in 2019. At the same time, it is two billion crowns less than the last year's budget outlook.

See also: Modernization Projects of the Czech Army

  • Twenty-five thousand visitors from the Czech Republic and abroad visited  Králíky in East Bohemia on the weekend of 16th and 17th August. In the immediate vicinity of the Military Museum Králíky, the 22nd annual military history event “Day of Support of the Army of the Czech Republic - Cihelna 2019” took place. The event offered visitors dynamic demonstrations performed by the Army of the Czech Republic, the Integrated Rescue System, the Prison Service, the Customs Administration and military history and re-enactment clubs. Static demonstrations presented current and historical military vehicles and technologies, equipment and capabilities of units and facilities of the Army, military education or recruitment to the armed forces of the Czech Republic. Eight WW2 vehicles were used during the battle re-enactment: 5 Soviet T-34 tanks, 2 German Panthers (replicas) and a Marder tank destroyer.

See also: The Czech military history and museums

  • The commemoration of the 51st anniversary of the 21st August 1968 and of the victims of the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact troops was held in front of the Czech Radio building in Vinohradská Street. This is where the Czechoslovaks learned about the invasion and deeds of foreign armies fifty one years ago and from where they received both objective information and moral encouragement thanks to the brave workers of Czechoslovak Radio until the beginning of the so-called normalization (1969-1989).

See also: 50th Anniversary - Prague Spring Dream Crushed by Soviet Tracks (1968-2018)

  • Prime Minister Andrej Babiš visited the 22nd helicopter base at Náměšť nad Oslavou. Accompanied by the Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar, the Chief of the General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic, General General Aleš Opata and the Czech Air Force Commander Major General Petr Hromek, he was acquainted with the activities of the base, aviation technology and its tasks. He also informed the public on the decision concerning the purchase of multi-purpose helicopters: “We reviewed the offers received, and based on military recommendations, we decided on the variant that includes eight UH-1Y Venom multi-purpose helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. We would like to conclude the contract by the end of the year, ”Minister Metnar said. The contract is worth CZK 14.5 billion. The price includes helicopters, weapons equipment, ammunition, maintenance and training of personnel. Helicopters should be available to the army in 2023.

See also: Multipurpose Helicopters for the Czech Army - Is the Italian Solution Really Out?

  • The ongoing tender for tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles to replace the outdated BVP-2 from the armament of the 7th Mechanized Brigade, after the spring change of requirements (the question of manned or unmanned turrets) again encounters the problem of choosing a law office charged with advice on the purchase of the vehicles. The selection procedure has been canceled twice (in August 2018 and in March 2019), each time due to errors in the procurement process and to complaints by unsuccessful tenderers. On the basis of the last complaint, the Ministry asked the current winner to complete the documents. If the Ministry fails to successfully complete the selection process for legal assistance, there is a risk of delaying the entire IFV tender.

See also: Czech IFV tender - new requirements and controversies

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