A new intelligence satellite center will be established in the Czech Republic

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 27.2.2018 15:45

A Czech Military Intelligence spokesperson on 20 February stated the establishment of a new satellite center (SATCEN CR) in the Czech Republic in order to work with and provide aeronautical and satellite imagery for the needs of both NATO and the Czech Military Intelligence (VZ).

The SATCEN CR, responsible for Imagery Intelligence (IMINT), will be launched in “test mode” on 1 July 2018, although according to NATO’s requirements, the Center must be fully operational by the end of 2019. The VZ Director, Jan Beroun, assures that Czech Republic will fulfill this commitment to the Alliance. Besides the military and NATO, the information from SATCEN CR can also benefit the Integrated Rescue System of the Czech Republic, and other state institutions. The cost of setting up the Center is covered by the Ministry of Defence and will amount to hundreds of millions of CZK. Space exploration is defined as one of NATO's Capability Targets outlined in the NATO Defence Planning, which is supported by Prague. Although the Czech Republic is among the NATO members who do not meet the 2% GDP threshold, the initiative demonstrates the leadership's ambitions to meet its commitments made to the Alliance.

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