Czech Defence News of the Week (6th – 20th September 2019)

Czech Defence News of the Week (6th – 20th September 2019)
23 / 09 / 2019, 09:15

Minister of Defence Lubomir Metnar signed an intergovernmental agreement on defence cooperation in Serbia. - 6th Land Forces Commanders Forum held in Prague. - 13th Bagram Airfield Guard Company ready for deployment in Afghanistan. - A survey unveils the preferences of the Czech citizens concerning the tracked IFV acquisition.

  • Minister of Defence Lubomir Metnar signed an intergovernmental agreement on defence cooperation in Serbia. The agreement defines the areas of military-technical cooperation, weapon and defence technologies, military education, training and health. Serbia has a large defence industry that could carry out joint projects with the Czech enterprises.
  • From 9th till 11th September was held the 6th Land Forces Commanders Forum in Europe. The meeting was organized in Prague by Major General Josef Kopecký, Commander of the Land Forces of the Czech Republic, and was attended by 32 commanders, including Commander of the United States Army Europe (USAREUR), Lieutenant General Christopher G. Cavoli. The Land Forces Commander's Forum has been held regularly since 2014, and is organized by individual states on a voluntary and rotating basis. The meetings serve to share experiences in different areas of activity and to discuss current topics in an informal format.

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  • On 12th September an expert tactical and certification exercise “Shield” culminated in the Military Training Area Hradiště. The 13th BAF (Bagram Air Field) Guard Company can now head to Afghanistan. Its task will be to participate, together with other coalition partners, in the protection and defence of the Bagram base. The company, which will go to Afghanistan at the end of the year, consists mainly of soldiers of the 43rd Airborne Battalion of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade. The exercise itself was attended by 300 soldiers.
  • On 19th and 20th September, the Ministers of Defence of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries met in Ostrava. Ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary Lubomír Metnar, Peter Gajdoš, Mariusz Blaszczak and Tibor Benkő addressed the development of mutual cooperation and current topics of the North Atlantic Alliance and the European Union. At the final press conference Lubomír Metnar highlighted the mutual cooperation of the V4 countries: “I want to stress that our cooperation works. We have common interests in the field of defence and we all realize that a united position strengthens the situation of our countries in the EU and NATO. The flagship and concrete evidence of our cooperation is the V4 EU Battlegroups and the joint NATO V4 Logistics Command in Poland, ”Minister Metnar said.
  • The 71st Mechanized Battalion from the 7th Mechanized Brigade, together with battalions from Spain, Poland and Great Britain, is part of an international brigade included in the NATO Response Force (NRF). The NRF is reinforced by the 811th Infantry Battalion of the Romanian Army. In recent days, the 71st battalion took part at another common exercise: “Transylvania Dragon”, which took place in the beautiful surroundings of the Romanian mountains. The NRF and the VJTF cover a wide range of tasks, such as rapid response, ensuring the collective defence of Alliance members, supporting peacekeeping operations, disaster relief or protecting critical infrastructures.

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  • The results of a survey conducted by Phoenix research on-line, which examines the public's attitude to the largest military acquisition in the Czech Republic's independent history, the purchase 210 tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles, suggest that the Czech public is, not surprisingly, inclined to acquire modern vehicles of latest design, equipped with up-to-date technologies, vehicles which are, at the same time, proven by deployment with the Alliance armies. This can be read as certain preference for the PUMA by PSM and the ASCOD 2 by GDELS, given the CV90 is not of the latest design, and the LYNX has not been deployed yet.

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