Czech Army to take part in 142 foreign military exercises in 2018

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 29.1.2018 12:08

On 25 January, the Chamber of Deputies discussed the military exercise plan for 2018, on which is allocated approximately 152 million crowns from the budget chapter of the Ministry of Defense, mainly for foreign military exercises to examine and increase the preparedness of the Czech Army in cooperation with the Allies.

The exercise will also prepare for joint emergency operations of international organisations. The annual Trident Juncture exercise, this year held in Norway and which will examine the deployment of the NATO Response Forces, is considered the most important. Czech soldiers will also participate in exercises in the USA, Canada and Jordan. In addition, 69 domestic military exercises are planned, mainly the traditional Ample Strike exercise with more than 400 foreign soldiers. The Czech Republic also intends to fulfil the obligations resulting from NATO membership, including about 300 soldiers to the Baltic as part of the so-called NATO Enhanced Forward Presence. Prague also considers sending special forces to Iraq or adhering a mechanised brigade to the NATO Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin, Poland. The Czech Republic, like other NATO countries, hopes to increase the defence budget to the required 2% of GDP by 2024.

 

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