Army set to support Czech Police in reinforcing border control

On 20th August, Minister of Defence Martin Stropnicky informed members of the government that the Czech Armed Forces are ready to help police in guarding the state borders.

“Should this situation occur, and the government decides that the Czech Police require reinforcement with border patrols, the army is prepared to deploy personnel and reconnaissance and monitoring equipment. We are ready to allocate up to 1,500 soldiers without any major repercussions on their routine duties and service. If there is further requirement, the military is capable of providing up to a maximum of 2,600 soldiers, although this would then have considerable impact on future training schedules, and could hinder us from honouring our other international commitments,“ said Martin Stropnicky.

The government decree on the monitoring of the state border could permit the Czech Armed Forces to employ the SNEZKA reconnaissance and observation systems, the LOS (Light Observation System), IVECO reconnaissance vehicles, artillery observers, and KLARA night vision instruments.

August 24, 2015