Twenty-three EU member states, including the Czech Republic, have signed up to a European pact on defence cooperation called Pesco (Permanent Structured Cooperation). The deal, to be formally launched in December, is likely to cover everything from troops and arms to new defence projects, with varying input from different countries.
Czechs are marking International Veterans Day, which is celebrated
internationally on November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Several events are being held across the country to mark the occasion.
A traditional ceremony took place at the national memorial on Prague’s Vítkov Hill on Saturday morning. The event was attended by defence minister Matin Stropnický, who awarded medals and honours to war veterans, resistance fighters and soldiers. Part of the ceremony was introduction of the book The Other Life, containing photographs and stories of military missions and activities.
World War II veteran Arnošt Polák, a Czech who served with the British
RAF, has died at the age of 94. The news was announced on Thursday by the
Czech Embassy in London. The group captain passed away on September 27th;
he had received a Medal for Bravery from the Czech head of state weeks
Polák had served with the Czechoslovak-manned 311th bomber squadron, flying in the Vickers Wellington and B-24 Liberator, Euro.cz reported.
Czech-made military hardware has appeared in a promotional video for the
Azerbaijani army, despite the fact that the Czech Republic has an official
embargo against supplying such products to the country, Hospodářské
noviny reported on Tuesday. The items in question are the DANA artillery
piece and the RM-70 rocket launcher.
A spokesperson for the Azerbaijani army said it had acquired the equipment from the Czech Republic. Its producer, Czechoslovak Group, says it adhered to all laws and regulations regarding sales. The Czech authorities and secret services are looking into the matter, Hospodářské noviny said.
Two adults and a child in a crowd of people attending Army Day at Letná
Plain in Prague on Saturday were injured when a paratrooper lost control
and landed on them instead of within a designated area.
Two suffered injuries and immediately received medical attention and were transported to hospital. The child, also struck, was taken to the doctor's by an accompanying adult.
The incident is being investigated by both the police and the military police. The spokeswoman for the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, Vlastimila Cyprisová, expressed regret over the accident.
One soldier died and another was injured following an explosion at a Czech
Army building in Vyškov, around 30 kilometres from Brno, on Tuesday. The
military academy complex has been sealed off but a spokesperson said there
was no danger of further blasts.
The incident, which took place before 9 am, is believed to have been an accident. The explosion took place in a basement area of the building, which houses both living facilities and offices.
The Czech Republic’s Defence Ministry will sign contracts worth nearly five billion crowns in the near future, Defence Minister Martin Stropnický told the Czech News Agency on Saturday. Investments planned include maintenance of Mi helicopters, and purchase of military equipment for the ground forces. "We continue to modernize the army and supplement the inventory and within the next few weeks we plan to sign deals with Czech suppliers worth five million crowns," the minister said.
Ample Strike 2017, annual military exercises hosted by the Czech Republic,
got underway on Monday in designated areas across the country. This year,
more than 1,300 soldiers from 18 different armies are taking part.
The exercises include participation by pilots of some 40 planes and helicopters. The primary aim of the air-land integration exercise is to harmonize cooperation between air controllers, aircraft crews and commanders of ground forces.
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