Czech Defence News of the Week (24th May – 7th June 2019)

Czech Defence News of the Week (24th May – 7th June 2019)
Author: Evžen Petřík|Caption: Extra 300 (Martin Šonka) and JAS-39 Gripen (Ivo Kardoš)
10 / 06 / 2019, 09:00

The Czech Air Force decommissioned its proven L-39ZA Albatros tainer jets, and is getting new Aero L-159T2 ALCAs instead. - From 29th to 31st May the elite of the Czech defence industry and a number of important companies from abroad met at this year’s edition of IDET Fair in Brno - On 2nd June the major part of the Capable Logistician 2019 exercise was launched in Poland. - Czech Foreign Minister disagrees with the proposal of a Russian federal law to assign the status of veterans to the soldiers who took part in the 1968 invasion of Czechloslovkia. - The Office for the Protection of Competition stopped its proceedings concerning the purchase of tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles. - 130 soldiers from the 25th Air Defence Missile Regiment from Strakonice take part in the Tobruq Legacy 2019 exercise in Poland.

  • On 25th May Czech Army opened the gates of the 21st Tactical Air Force Base at Čáslav for the public again. The event takes place every two years. It is focused on presenting the base and the military equipment, which is presented on the ground and in the air. This year the visitors could see the technique of high pilotage of the JAS-39 Gripen fighter jet by Captain Ivo Kardoš, who was also joined in a unique performance by the aerobatics champion Martin Šonka. During the event the Czech Air Force also decommissioned its proven L-39ZA Albatros tainer jets. They are going to be replaced with Aero L-159T2 ALCAs.

  • From 29th to 31st May the elite of the Czech defence industry, mostly members of the Association of Defence and Security Industry (DSIA, AOBP) of the Czech Republic and a number of important companies from abroad, met at this year’s edition of IDET: the International Defence and Security Technologies Fair in Brno. Except for the absence of the President Miloš Zeman, the opening day of the fair was attended by important political figures headed by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar. The Prime Minister visited the expositions of leading Czech companies such as Czechoslovak Group (CSG), Česká zbrojovka or Omnipol. All bidders for the tracked IFV tender were present.

See also: IDET 2019 - International Defence and Security Technologies Fair in Brno

  • On 2nd June the major part of the multinational standardization and interoperable field logistics exercise Capable Logistician 2019 was launched in the military training region Drawsko Pomorskie in Poland. Its control is provided by the Multinational Logistics Coordination Center (MLCC), based in Prague, which is performing the role of the NATO Department Head for Logistics Education and Training (from January 2016) and the role of EU Military Training Discipline Leader for Multinational Logistics Discipline (from June 2016). The Capable Logistician 2019 is attended by 3,221 soldiers and logistics specialists with 1,115 vehicles from 31 NATO and Partner countries and 11 organizations.
  • On 3rd June the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček said he did not agree with the proposal of a Russian federal law that would assign the status of veterans to the soldiers who took part in the 1968 invasion of Czechloslovkia. Members of the State Duma have presented an amendment to the law, which calls for the recognition of the actions of the participants in Operation Danube. In doing so, they proclaim the intervention in Czechoslovakia in August 1968 as an open military conflict. In its opinion, the Czech Foreign Ministry points out that the Warsaw Pact troops then entered the territory of Czechoslovakia in violation of international law and against the will of Czechoslovak legislators.

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

  • The Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS) stopped its proceedings concerning the purchase of tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles. One of the bidders, the Project System & Management (PSM), producer of the PUMA IFV, requested that the Office reviewed the Ministry of Defence's procurement procedure. The ÚOHS’ decision is not final and may be appealed. PSM challenged the unauthorized use of the exception for the purchase of military material. The Office stopped the proceedings in this part because PSM sent its objections to the Ministry almost a month after the expiry of the statutory deadline for opposition, the Office said in its press release. In another part of the proposal concerning the alleged illegality of the public procurement conditions, the Office also stopped the proceedings. It stated that objections to the conditions could not be filed due to the fact that the Ministry used an exception for the purchase of military equipment.

See also: Czech IFV tender - new requirements and controversies

  • The first week of the Tobruq Legacy 2019 exercise in Poland was attended by nearly five thousand soldiers from twenty Alliance countries. Joint exercise is intended to deepen the cooperation of ground Air Defense units in the protection of the airspace of one of the NATO member states. Among them there is also a Czech unit consisting of 130 soldiers from the 25th Air Defence Missile Regiment from Strakonice. "The core of the unit is a mixed Air Defence missile battery that is reinforced by command and fire control elements. The main weapon systems with which Czech soldiers take part in the Tobruq Legacy 2019 exercise are the 2K12 KUB and the RBS-70 air defence missile systems,” Colonel Alan Dubový, commander of the Strakonice 251st Air Defence Missile Battalion, said.

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