Czech Defence News of the Week (22 – 29 June 2018)

Czech Defence News of the Week (22 – 29 June 2018)
Author: 270862, flickr|Caption: Pandur II at Bahna 2016
02 / 07 / 2018, 09:15

Czech President Miloš Zeman appointed the new two-party government, the confidence vote will be carried out on 11th July - Lubomír Metnar was appointed the new Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic - Former Minister of Defence Karla Šlechtová gave her last speech to the media - New Minister of Defence wants to establish a new law for the army to post tenders with transparency and efficiency

  • Czech President Miloš Zeman appointed the new two-party government comprising ANO party of the former Minister of Finance (2014–2017) and Prime Minister (2017–2018) and the Social Democrats led by Jan Hamáček (new Minister of Interior and Minister of Foreign Affairs) on Wednesday. The coalition seeks parliamentary support from the Communist party.
  • Lubomír Metnar, former Minister of Interior (2017–2018) has been appointed the new Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic.
  • The confidence vote will be carried out on 11th July by the Chamber of Deputies.
  • The support of the Communist Party (KSČM) was uncertain, but decided and confirmed by the Communists on 30th June. They will activelly vote yes, which means the governement can count on 108 deputies (78 by ANO, 15 by ČSSD and 15 by KSČM) out of 200.
  • Former Minister of Defence Karla Šlechtová (ANO) gave her last speech to the media on 26th June. She said that during 195 days of her appointment 5000 contracts were signed and 30 strategic investment projects reaching CZK 13 billion (EUR 0.5 billion) were prepared, 42 more are planned until 2021, and the largest one being the purchase of new Infantry Fighting Vehicles at planned costs of CZK 53 billion (EUR 2 billion). She would continue to follow the defence modernization and acquistion processes as deputy.
  • „I would like the Czech Republic to have about 30 thousand professional soldiers,“ Lubomír Metnar, new Minister of Defence said. He wants to establish a dedicated separate law for the army to post tenders with transparency and efficiency. To ensure this, the defence budget must be increased. „This obviously concerns the modernization of the army equipment and support of the home defence industry,“ Mr. Metnar added, and said he would pursue a revision of the recent key acquisition processes.
  • At the Žofín Forum held on 28th June the Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Aleš Opata confirmed the priorities of the Czech Army announced earlier:

See also: Modernization Projects of the Czech Army

  • The Sky Avenger 2018 live-fly exercise by the Czech Air Force and Texas and Nebraska Air National Guards was ended, the pilots spent 215 hours in the air, made 153 flights.

See also: Sky Avenger 2018 at Čáslav Air Force Base

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