Figures of Czech armaments and combat equipment
Observing international disarmament documents, the Czech Republic provides hereinafter numbers of major armaments and combat equipment as of 1 January 2012.
The following chart contains numbers of major armament and combat equipment, which is in possession of the Czech Armed Forces as of 1 January 2012, regardless of its supposed use, placement within combat units, or in storage facilities, its combat capability, or its long- or short-term conservation, or whether the equipment has been offered for sale.
Major Equipment of ACR as of 1 January 2012:
AIR FORCE EQUIPMENT
The state parties of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), the Vienna Document 2011 (VD-11), and the Global Exchange of Military Information (GEMI) - mutually exchanged the Annual exchange of military information in Vienna on 13 - 15 December 2011.
- The category of armoured combat vehicles includes all combat versions of infantry fighting vehicles BMP-1, BMP-2, BPzV, Pandur II 8x8 and armoured personnel carriers of OT-90 and OT-64 types. Four pieces of Pandur II 8x8 are not included in the total number, because they are deployed outside the zone of application of the above mentioned international documents.
- The artillery systems of 100 mm caliber and above include all versions of cannons/howitzers SPGH M77 Dana, rocket launchers RM-70 and mortars ShM 85 and M M1982.
- The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) sets a "Maximum National Level of Holding" for each state party. This is the limit of pieces of armament and equipment, that the country can possess.
The limit of the Czech Republic in categories is as follows:
1. Battle tanks - 957 pieces
2. Armoured combat vehicles - 1367 pieces
3. Artillery systems - 767 pieces
4. Combat aircraft - 230 pieces
5. Combat helicopters - 50 pieces
- In addition to armament and equipment, which amount is limited by the CFE, the Czech Armed Forces also possess in accordance with the CFE, VD-11 and the GEMI the following items:
- 9 pcs of training aircraft L-39,
- 22 pcs of transport and observation aircraft of the following types L-410, An-26, Jak-40, CL-601 Challenger, A-319 CJ, and CASA C-295M;
- 38 pcs of unarmed transport helicopters of the following types MI-8, MI-17 (also MI-171S), and W-3A Sokol;
- 198 pcs of look-alikes vehicles based on infantry fighting vehicles and armoured personnel carriers of various types;
- 130 pcs of light armoured vehicles BRDM-2, Dingo 2, and IVECO, which are not subject to the CFE and VD-11;
- 35 pcs of medical vehicles, which are subject to the Geneve Convention on improvement of conditions of injured and ill military personnel in the battle field that is dated 12 August 1949;
- 10 pcs of armoured vehicles launched bridges tanks MT-55A.
Verification and inspections:
Above mentioned documents include provisions on quotas of inspections, which each state-party must accept on its territory:
- According to the CFE, the Czech Republic must accept within a year three inspections in units or requested areas;
- According to the VD-11, the Czech Republic must accept within a year one evaluation visit and three inspections of a requested area;
- According to the Treaty on Open Skies, the Czech Republic must accept within a year up to four observation flights over its territory.
In accordance with the plan of the NATO Verification Coordination Committee, the similar number of inspections will be carried out in foreign countries under the lead of the Czech Republic, and Czech inspectors will work in combined teams of NATO countries. Inspectors of the Czech Republic will participate also in implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement and in other disarmament activities in accordance with requests of NATO, OSCE and UN.
Updated: January 3, 2012