Czech Army to acquire combat drones and reinforce foreign missions

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 30.11.2017 17:19

On Tuesday 28 November, at the Commanders' Assembly of the General Staff Chief of the Czech Armed Forces, Chief of the General Staff Josef Becvar informed about the Czech Army's planned acquisition of combat drones. Additionally, he summarised last year's results and formulated priorities for the upcoming year.

The Czech Army's current reconnaissance UAVs, the number of which should be increased in 2019, are to be accompanied by battle drones capable of carrying equipment by 2025. In total, up to €39 million is to be invested. Becvar also stated the intention to strengthen the number of Czech soldiers in foreign missions, namely in Afghanistan and Iraq. After a parliamentary approval, approximately 650 members of the Czech Armed Forces could then be deployed in foreign missions. Czech Army will also carry on its involvement in strengthening NATO's eastern flank in the Baltics. The addition of 2000 new recruits is also expected next year due to an increase in the defence budget which, according to Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky, could correspond to two percent of GDP by 2025, as required by the NATO standard.

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