Czech Defence News of the Week (31 August – 7 September 2018)

Czech Defence News of the Week (31 August – 7 September 2018)
Author: www.rheinmetall-defence.com|Caption: IFV Puma
10 / 09 / 2018, 07:45

The 16th Edition of the "Tank Day" was held by the Military History Institute Prague in the Military Technical Museum in Lešany on 1st September - The Security Information Service warned of the growing threat by “paramilitary groups” - On Tuesday the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff presented essential decisions concerning the most important military acquisition projects - Czech and international diplomats in Prague are dissatisfied with the current situation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • The 16th Edition of the "Tank Day" was held by the Military History Institute Prague in the Military Technical Museum in Lešany on 1st September. Despite the weather conditions thousands of visitors could have admired hundreds of interesting vehicles such as Renault FT-17, LT 38, or IS-3. Among the modern vehicles T-72M4 CZ or the TITUS (Tactical Infantry Transport Utility System) were presented.

  • The Security Information Service (Bezpečnostní informační služba, BIS) warned of the growing threat by “paramilitary groups.” According to the Service the number of members of such groups rises and actually reaches about 2,000. The risks are considered important especially through attempts to forge ties with state and other public security organizations, national and local police officers.

See also: Paramilitary groups - a growing threat aimed by the Security Information Service

  • On Tuesday 4th September the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff presented essential decisions and timings concerning the most important acquisition projects to the members of the Subcommittee on Defence Acquisitions, Military Equipment Trade and Innovation of the Army of the Czech Republic. The total price for 8 different projects reaches almost CZK 92 billion (USD 4.1 billion). The largest acquisition of more than 200 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, the most expensive ever in history of the Czech Army, will not be awarded on the basis of a public tender process, Czech Television reported on 5th September.

See also: Czech Army’s Acquisitions – detailed timing revealed (2018-2025)

  • The Czech Republic is on target to meet its Nato commitments – in terms of spending on defence, taking part in foreign missions in deadly hotspots such as Afghanistan, and countering new types of threats, from cyberwarfare to disinformation campaigns. Czech Ambassador to Nato Jiří Šedivý said in a wide-ranging interview to the Czech Radio.

See also: Hybrid Threats: artificial intelligence, cybernetics and robotics

  • About 70 soldiers of the 251st Air Defence Missile Group and of the Support Battalion from the 25th Air Defence Missile Regiment “Torbuk” based in Strakonice exercised in Military Region Boletice in Southern Bohemia. They focused on tasks which precede firing from the 2K12 KUB Air Defence Missile sytem.

See also: 25th Air Defence Missile Regiment – 2K12 KUB exercise

  • Hospodarske Noviny reported that both Czech and international diplomats in Prague are dissatisfied with the current situation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the lack of clarity over Miroslav Poche's (ČSSD) role. With Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and MEP Poche constantly in a war of words, Czech diplomacy is suffering, without a coherent strategy and leadership. Poche was the ČSSD's original nominee for the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, but, refused by the President Miloš Zeman, he is currently a deputy minister in a special role. Poche has been a very negative force at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Babiš said earlier this week, and would not be proposed as minister anymore.

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