The Supreme Audit Office has criticised the Czech military forest and
estate management company (VLS), which is owned by the Ministry of Defence,
for paying too much to build a house for a division director. Auditors said
the CZK 7.3 million construction cost was disproportionately high and
exceeded normal employee benefits.
For its part, the Ministry of Defence said that the decision to build the house was made in September 2012 and, after being finished in 2015, the building was offered for lease to the Karlovy Vary division director, who offered the highest price.
The Czech Defence Ministry says it needs to gain more information on
Germany’s plans to recruit nationals from other European countries as
part of a drive to beef up the country’s armed forces.
It has not rejected the idea outright, although Czech politicians have reacted negatively to the suggestion saying that army service should be tied to nationality.
According to former army chief of staff General Petr Pavel such a plan could damage the Czech Army by reducing the number of its own recruits.
According to the German daily Hamburger Abendblatt Germany has sounded out its European partners regarding the plan with different results; only four countries, including the Czech Republic, were prepared to discuss the issue.
The Department of Defence has officially begun a tender for the delivery of
210 armoured infantry vehicles at a projected cost of more than 50 billion
crowns, the largest public contract in modern Czech history.
Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar (for ANO) is due to brief the cabinet about the candidates on Monday and then ask four selected companies to submit their bids.
Four European manufacturers are expected to take part in the tender process: BAE Systems, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), PSM and Rheinmetall Landsysteme.
To bid, a significant part of the production and servicing must take place in conjunction with VOP CZ, a Czech state enterprise run by the Ministry of Defence.
The ministry hopes to sign a contract in August 2019.
The Defence Ministry plans to buy 71 vehicles from the Tatra Trucks company
in the course of the next three years for approximately 467 million crowns,
according to a report which is to be put to the cabinet on Monday.
The government will also debate planned expenditures until 2025, amounting to more than 5 billion crowns. The bulk of the money is to be used for purchase of new hardware and pilot training.
Kurt Taussig is one of the 669 Czech Jewish children who were saved from the Holocaust by Sir Nicholas Winton on the eve of the Second World War. The 95-year-old man, who went on to join the RAF as a fighter pilot, has since lived in Great Britain and, until recently, was unknown to Czech historians. Now, more than 75 years after he left his country, he was granted honorary citizenship in his birth-town of Teplice.
The Czech Ministry of Defence is waiting impatiently for the government to
sign off on the biggest purchase in the modern history of the Czech Army,
Právo reported on Tuesday. The military aims to purchase 210 infantry
fighting vehicles at a cost of CZK 53 billion, the newspaper said, adding
that there is cross-party backing for the move.
Four European manufacturers are expected to take part in the tender process. One condition will be that a significant part of the production and servicing take place in conjunction with VOP CZ, a Czech state enterprise run by the Ministry of Defence.
American and Czech soldiers are under investigation in connection with the
death of an Afghan commando who was beaten while in NATO custody in western
Afghanistan, the New York Times reported on Monday.
The commando, Wahidullah Khan, was accused of killing a Czech soldier last month in one of four deadly insider attacks this year by Afghan forces on NATO troops. Jan Pejšek, a spokesman for the Czech Ministry of Defence, has confirmed the ongoing investigation, but strongly denied accusations that Czech troops were involved in Mr. Khan’s death.
On October 22, Khan opened fire on a group of Czech soldiers at Shindand air base, in western Afghanistan. The attack killed one Czech soldier and wounded two others. He was arrested by Afghan troops and was taken into custody by Western forces. By the time he was returned to Afghan forces, around midnight, he had been beaten and was unconscious, Afghan officials said.
Czech pilots who have been training Iraqis in flying Czech-made L-159 jets
will complete their mission in February, Czech Television reported on
Sunday. The Czech experts have been sharing their expertise with local
aviators in Iraq for over two years.
Czech ground staff will remain in the country. The chief engineer on the Czech team told Czech Television that while high temperatures and dust levels were problematic the lack of humidity in Iraq was a major boon.
The chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, Aleš Opata, visited
Czech troops in Iraq and Mali between Wednesday and Friday. In Iraq General
Opata met instructors from the Czech chemical forces, military police and
regular police, as well as flying instructors teaching local pilots in the
use of Czech-made jets.
While in Mali the Czech Army chief met soldiers in the capital Bamako tasked with providing protection to a European Union training mission, a spokesperson for the General Staff told the Czech News Agency.
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