More ammunition en-route from Pardubice to Iraq's Kurds

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

The American C-17 Globemaster aircraft shipped the final part of the Czech Republic’s defence gift to Iraq from Pardubice Airport to Erbil International airport, Iraq, on 20th December.

More than five thousand shells weighing around 27 tons, destined to be used with the hand-grenade launchers, RPG-7, will help the Kurdish security forces in Iraq in their fight against ISIS.

Soldiers of the 14th Logistic Support Regiment transferred the ammunition from the storage facility at Cermna to Pardubice Airport where both the American and Czech teams worked together on loading the ammunition onto specially designed transport pallets which will fit into the Globemaster cargo space.

Earlier this year, the Czech government decided to donate their surplus army ammunition and hand grenades, weighing more than 500 tons, to Iraq to help the Kurds.

The first part of the ammunition was delivered in four round trips by the Royal Canadian Air Force military transport aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster, between 18th and 24th September.

December 22, 2014