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General Becvar in Brazil to boost defence cooperation

Chief of the General Staff General Josef Becvar had talks last week with senior Brazilian military officials having received a formal invitation from the Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Brazil, Admiral Ademir Sobrinho.

General Ten Brig Botelho with General Becvar and General Hromek
General Ten Brig Botelho with General Becvar and General Hromek

The aim of the visit was to reinforce military cooperation between the two countries and to discuss measures to promote and boost joint defence industry co-operation. General Becvar was accompanied by Deputy Air Force Commander Brigadier General Petr Hromek and representatives of the Association of Defence and Security Industry.

During their visit, the Czech delegation met with the Chief of Staff of the Brazilian Air Force, General Ten Brig Botelho, visited the 6th Missile Artillery Battalion and were given a tour of the training and logistics centres and a demonstration of equipment and materiel.

"Cooperation with the Brazilian Army is continuing to grow, especially within the Air Force. Our Brazilian partners have expressed an interest in active collaboration in the form of 'working groups', notably in training development programmes for the Mil Mi-type helicopter pilots and the Gripen and CASA pilots, cyber defence operations, and working with the VERA passive surveillance system," explained General Becvar.

Logistics Cooperation

During negotiations with the Commander of the Operations Centre and Deputy Land Force Commander, General Paulo Humberto, General Becvar became familiar with various ongoing and upcoming strategic projects and military training programmes. Future cooperation in logistics services and support in areas such as training and development is a promising area for the Czech-Brazilian military partnership.

"Brazil is a significant partner for us, especially in relation to our defence industry, and we are confident that, going forward, we will continue to develop further activities in this area," General Becvar summarized at the end of his visit.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek


March 27, 2018


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