Czech Defence News of the Week (2nd – 9th August 2019)

Czech Defence News of the Week (2nd – 9th August 2019)
Author: Tomáš Soušek, army.cz|Caption: JAS-39C
12 / 08 / 2019, 10:00

The tender procedure for the delivery of 210 new tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles for the Czech Army to replace the aging BVP-2 advanced to the next stage. - A year ago, on 5th August 2018 a tragic event occurred at the allied base in Bagram, Afghanistan. Three Czech soldiers were victims of a suicide bomber attack. - The 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav is currently preparing dozens of soldiers for another foreign deployment: Baltic Air Policing 2019 with JAS-39C. - The brand new domestic vehicle “PERUN” meant to equip the elite 601st Special Forces Groups did not pass the army tests.

  • The tender procedure for the delivery of 210 new tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles for the Czech Army to replace the aging BVP-2 advanced to the next stage. Following the expiry of the deadline for submitting any objections (to the “Notice of Acceptance of the Application for Participation in the Multi-Round Negotiation Procedure of the tracked IFV” of 15th July 2019), the Deputy Minister of Defence, head of the Armaments and Acquisitions Section, Filip Říha signed the “Invitation of the contracting authority to submit preliminary tenders” on 1st August. All four potential suppliers of the vehicles (BAE Systems for the CV90, Rheimetall for the LYNX, GDELS for the ASCOD 2 and PSM for the PUMA) received the call. In the preliminary offer, the Ministry expects the suppliers to accept and specify the technical parameters of the vehicles offered, to approve the delivery schedule and to propose the prices (not just the vehicles, but also training, trainers, etc.), life cycle of vehicles and spare parts. Suppliers will also have to agree to the procedural rules and submit a proposal to involve Czech industry in the contract. Preliminary offers are expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Defense in early October 2019.

See also: Czech IFV tender - new requirements and controversies

  • A year ago, on 5th August 2018 a tragic event occurred at the allied base in Bagram, Afghanistan. Three Czech soldiers were victims of a suicide bomber attack. Sergeant (OR-4) Martin Marcin (36) and Corporals (OR-2) Kamil Beneš (28) and Patrik Štěpánek (25) were members of the 10th Guard Company of the "St. Wenceslas" 42nd Mechanized Battalion (4th Rapid Deployment Brigade). They were members of a six-man patrol which performed a task near the allied base Bagram. At about 0730, they ran into a young man who, after three Czechs approached, detonated his explosive device. Because our troops were closest to him at the critical moment, none of them survived the explosion.
  • The 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav is currently preparing dozens of soldiers for another foreign deployment. “From the beginning of the year, personnel meeting all criteria ranging from perfect health to language skills has been selected. The aim is for the 3rd Task Force to start operations within Baltic Air Policing 2019 at the Estonian Air Force Base Ämari from September 2019,” Lieutenant Colonel Pavel Pavlík, Commander of the Task Force, said. The grouping is part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission, to support the Alliance’s member staters which do not have its own supersonic air force, to contribute to maintaining the integrity and security of NATO airspace, with the JAS-39C jets.

See also: Czech Army’s Modernization Projects: JAS-39 Gripen

  • The brand new domestic vehicle SVOS ARM-7, 4x4 ST “PERUN” meant to equip the elite 601st Special Forces Groups did not pass the army tests, the Ministry of Defence officially confirmed on Thursday, 8th August 2019. “Army tests were completed with unsatisfactory results, the vehicle did not pass. We will continue to work with the supplier,” Jan Pejšek, Director of the Communication Department of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic, said. PERUN had big problems already during the control tests in the Military Technical Institute (VTÚ) in Vyškov, when it failed the test in at least 6 parameters. The tender for the delivery of 4 vehicles for more than CZK 94 million (USD 4 million) will probably have to return to the beginning, possibly with changed specifications, as the tender documentation cannot be changed during the course of the procedure.

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