LN: military low on munitions

18-10-2014

The Czech military is low on munitions, Czech daily Lidové noviny reports. According to the daily, the army would be hard-pressed to find enough ammunition to last for even 30 days of ground operations. Other munitions, such as missiles for the Čáslav Gripen squadron, are also insufficient and the military lacks cartridges for the mortar turrets of its Pandur armoured personnel carriers and tank guns, the newspaper writes. The same is true of the rapid response force that will be sent by the Czech Republic to help an allied country if attacked. Defence Ministry spokesman Jiří Čaletka is quoted as saying that 1.24 billion crowns had been allotted this year to acquire ammunition, with 203 million to be spent in 2015.