Czech Defence News of the Week (27th September – 4th October 2019)

Czech Defence News of the Week (27th September – 4th October 2019)
07 / 10 / 2019, 10:00

New tactical belts for the Czech Army. – The 15th Anniversary of the University of Defence celebrated. – Large modernization project of the Hungarian Army with a major role held by Rheinmetall and KMW: 44 Leopard 2 MBT’s, 24 PzH 2000 tracked SpH’s. - SIMULEB electronic warfare simulator will make the 532nd Battalion of Electronic Warfare’s training more efficient. - The 75th anniversary of the Dukla and Dunkirk battles and 77 years since the deployment of Czechoslovak troops in the Middle East commemorated.

On Friday, 27th September, representatives of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic and Tropner s.r.o. signed a framework agreement for the supply of tactical belts of three types (depending on colour - dark green-olive, yellow-sand and black), a new equipment, which is not yet introduced in the Czech Army. The signature of the contract will be followed by verification of the declared parameters in the control and troop tests. New tactical belts could be delivered as early as June 2020.

On 1st October members of the University of Defence commemorated the 15th anniversary of the school and the approaching 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the beginning of building a democratic state and its armed forces. The University of Defence is the only military institution of higher education of the Czech Armed Forces. It consists of three faculties (Military Leadership, Military Technology, Military Health Sciences), the NBC Defence Institute, the Security and Military Strategic Studies Centre, the Language Centre and the Physical Training and Sports Centre.

Rheinmetall will assume an important role in the modernization of the Hungarian army. The Düsseldorf-based group will produce the main weapon and fire control system for the forty-four Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks built by KMW, as well as the main weapon, fire control system and chassis for twenty-four PzH 2000 tracked Self-Propelled Howitzers. The contract worth approximately € 300 million (CZK 7.7 billion) was recently signed. Delivery will begin in 2021 and will be completed in 2025.

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The 532nd Battalion of Electronic Warfare, which is part of the 53rd Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Regiment, has a new classroom with installed electronic warfare simulator, the SIMULEB. Using the classroom with such simulator will ensure more effective training of electronic warfare specialists from operator level to commander level. SIMULEB enables the conduct of training with subsequent evaluation of the achieved level. Operators are trained in conditions close to real combat situations, which can be adjusted according to their skill level. All outputs processed by training soldiers in the classroom can be forwarded to the ISR unit training staff, whose tasks are, for example, the planning of combat use of reconnaissance units, organization of information retrieval and gathering management, multi-source analysis and database management with diverse focus.

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The 75th anniversary of the Dukla and Dunkirk battles and 77 years since the deployment of Czechoslovak troops in the Middle East were commemorated by twenty war veterans in the main hall of the Ministry of Defence during the traditional meeting with representatives of the Ministry. “Today, the Czech Army is proud to acknowledge the legacy of all of our war veterans,” emphasized Major General Jaromír Alan, director of the MoD Capabilities Planning Section. “Loyalty to military oath, patriotism, and a sense of duty were not just empty words. Their moral values ​​became the basis of the conduct of every professional soldier of the Army of the Czech Republic. ” The demanding Carpathian-Dukla operation, in which the 1st Czechoslovak Army Corps was deployed, claimed 6500 lives of Czechoslovak soldiers at the end of the war.

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