31.5. - 2.6. 2017
International Defence and Security Technologies Fair
Police leadership wants to continue the massive renewal of its facilities in the coming year and plans to invest hundreds of millions CZK in new vehicles or other equipment for the police force. During 2017, acquisitions should include beside cars also bulletproof vests, weapons or hand-held laser radars.
The Ministry of Defence plans to spend in a big way this year. They want to ramp up orders worth more than 22 billion Crowns the year. According to a list of major contracts for 2016, which the MoD sent to the government for approval and which is available to our newspaper, army buyers will begin by purchasing twelve helicopters for nearly nine billion, 42 six-wheel armoured vehicles Titus 2.2 billion or eight 3D MADR radars for three billion this year.
In a few weeks, the Ministry of Defence will announce a tender for ten mobile 3D radars at 3.5 billion. Defence Minister Martin Stropnický (ANO) said this at a press conference on Thursday. The armed forces want to buy new helicopters, but it is not clear which category. They will also acquire twenty staff Pandurs.
When asked whether the Czech Republic was in danger from radical Islamists, [finance minister Andrej] Babiš replied that we were not in imminent danger, but he was really dealing with the idea of intensive armament of the Czech army due to the proximity of conflicts. In this context, Babiš specifically mentioned Ukraine, the struggle against the Islamic State in the Middle East and the terrorist attacks in Europe.
After several years of frugality, when the government slashed defence spending, the Army hopes to be able to spend more again. And it has developed an appetite. Members of the defence committee could see this on Wednesday. Deputy Chief of Staff František Maleninský presented a plan at committee meeting what the army would like to purchase over the next ten years. All in all, it should be technology and weapons worth more than 100 billion.
The Army plans to buy salvage vehicles that could be helping for example in Pandur armoured vehicle accidents. The offer, which the Ministry of Defence announced in late September, has an expected value of 191 million. It is based on information published in the Journal of Public Procurement and on answers of the Ministry of Defence.
The Ministry of Defence has decided to purchase the MADR mobile 3D radars through a tender. The Czech defence industry should be involved in the contract, as the Ministry spokesman Petr Medek announced on Tuesday. Thus the possibility of joint procurement within the Visegrad Four (V4) is not materialize.
The Chief of Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic Petr Pavel is heading to a top military post in NATO, but first he took the time to visit the Centre of Biological Protection in Těchonín in the Ústí nad Orlicí district on Tuesday.
Visiting the Ministry of Defence on Thursday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka confirmed that he would propose an increase of the military budget to CZK 43.5 billion next year. The visit was part of the prime minister's tour of the individual ministries. Thursday's "inspection" in the office of Martin Stropnický was however not a mere formality.
The Air Force expects an acquisition of new helicopters in the coming years. It will say goodbye to the a heavy Mi-24 battle aircraft, obtained with others as an unblocking of the Russian debt. Even the Polish Sokol rescue helicopters may be laid off. Defence Minister Martin Stropnický must find the billions of Crowns for the new multipurpose helicopters in the already tight budget.