Czech Defence News of the Week (7th – 14th June 2019)

Czech Defence News of the Week (7th – 14th June 2019)
Author: cpt. Jana Samcová, army.cz|Caption: 2K12 KUB
17 / 06 / 2019, 09:30

According to the Supreme Audit Office the Ministry of Defence did not have enough equipment for soldiers in 2015 and 2016, its system is obsolete. - 251st Air-Defence Missile Group took part in the Tobruq Legacy 2019 international exercise held in Poland. - 23rd General Assembly of the Defense and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic was held in Brno. - After eight years of service the former Chief Warrant Officer of the Czech Army Peter Seifert is replaced by Senior Warrant Officer Peter Smik of the 601st SFG. - On 13th June Defence Minister Metnar and Chief of General Staff General Opata were present to the Žofín Forum 2019. The meeting was called „Modernization of the Army - the current task of today“.

  • According to the Supreme Audit Office the Ministry of Defence did not have enough equipment for soldiers in 2015 and 2016. The Ministry has badly planned the purchase of clothing and other equipment and put about CZK one billion (USD 44 million) less than the value to which the soldiers were entitled. Due to low supplies, the resort had to cut down on the equipment during that period. Moreover, according to the reviewers, the situation is likely to recur. The ministry said the funds for purchasing equipment had already increased. At the same time, it is also going to change the system of its issuance; the currenct syste being obsolete according to the Supreme Audit Office’s report.
  • The Tobruq Legacy 2019 international exercise, which took place in Poland in the past two weeks, has offered the soldiers several situations that have not been practiced before in such combination. In addition to fighting enemy aircraft, they also had to deal with a simulated ballistic missile attack or missile maneuver. Almost five thousand soldiers from twenty NATO member states participated in the exercise. „The air defense units from different countries of the Alliance have been regularly meeting and practicing together since 2015. The main objective of all these training sessions is to deepen interoperability and align activities and procedures in planning and conducting NATO air defense operations,“ 251st Air-Defence Missile Group commander Alan Dubový said.

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  • On Tuesday, 11th June, the 23rd General Assembly of the Defense and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic (DSIA, AOBP) was held in the premises of the University of Defence in Brno. The General Assembly of DSIA was attended by a number of distinguished guests headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček and other important guests. Presidents of the Committee on Security of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Radek Koten, Deputy Minister of Defence Filip Říha, and Brigadier General František Ridzák representing the General Staff. During the General Meeting, Minister Karel Havlíček and President of DSIA Jiří Hynek signed a cooperation agreement between DSIA and the Ministry of Indsustry and Trade. According to the Deputy Minister Říha the DSIA is a key partner of the Ministry of Defence. From the Ministry of Defence’s 74 significant acquisitions made last year, 90% of the financial volume concerned supplies from domestic entities.
  • On Wednesday, 12th June, in the ceremonial hall of the National Memorial at Vítkov a ceremony took place on the occasion of the handing over of the position of Chief Warrant Officer (OR-9) of the Czech Army. After eight years of service the former Chief Warrant Officer Peter Seifert is replaced by Senior Warrant Officer Peter Smik of the 601st Special Forces Group. He will take office on July 1, 2019.

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  • On 13th June Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar and Chief of General Staff General Aleš Opata were present to the traditional Žofín Forum. The meeting was called „Modernization of the Army - the current task of today“, but other topics were discussed, such as support for the Czech defence industry. General Opata said the construction of cyber and information operations headquarters figures among the most important projects. „As soldiers are getting more and more aware of the need for tools, we need capabilities that are able to strengthen us in this space,“ General Opata said.

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  • On 22nd June 2019, the 30th year of Land Forces Day will take place near Strašice by Rokycany in Western Bohemia. The program will offer presentation of modern and historical military vehicles, armaments and equipments. Like every year, it also includes historical battle re-enctment inspired by World War II. About 1,000 soldiers and several hundred other participants, police, firefighters, prison service, military police and re-enactors from historical associations will take part, with several hundred pieces of modern and historical vehicles. They will come, besides the Czech Republic, from Austria, Slovakia and the US.

See also: The Czech Land Forces Day – Bahna 2019

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