Minister Stropnicky visits India

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

During his three-day visit to India, Minister Martin Stropnicky, who officiated at the opening of the exhibition stand of Czech Aircraft Industries at the Air India Exhibition, met with the Defence Minister of India, Mr Manohar Parrikar, and also had talks with the representatives of Swedish and Indian aircraft companies.

Ministers Manohar Parrikar and Martin Stropnicky discussed the current world security situation, and also the possibility of supplying small arms from the mechanical engineering company, Ceska Zbrojovka, and Tatra Trucks to the Armed Forces of India.

The Czech delegation also met with representatives from the Swedish Ministry of Defence at its stand at the Air India Exhibition. They spoke to Minister Stropnicky of their interest in participating in the Indian public tender to supply the SAAB 39 Gripen supersonics to the Indian Air Force. Brigadier General Libor Stefanik, the Czech Air Force Commander, was also present to explain to his Indian counterparts the Czech Republic's involvement and experience with these aircraft.

As well as participation in the Air India Exhibition, Minister Stropnicky also visited the manufacturing facilities of the Bangalore Complex of BEML which assembles the Czech Tatra trucks for the Indian army. At the conclusion of the visit, the representatives of Tatra Trucks and BEML signed the Memorandum of Understanding which will ensure their continued successful cooperation for years into the future.

February 23, 2015