Scientists from the Technical University of Liberec have developed a
military uniform that changes camouflage depending on the environment, the
ČTK agency reports.
The camouflage fatigues are made from a material that contains thermochromic pigments and change colour depending on the environment.
If the temperature exceeds 37 degrees Celsius, the material changes from a mix of green and brown – the classic ‘forest’ colouring – to a mix of brown and beige – the classic ‘desert’ colouring.
The scientists spent two years developing the material so that it could withstand long-term exposure to sunlight and still return to the ‘forest’ colouring.
The police force and the army are the most trusted institutions in the
Czech Republic, according to a poll conducted by the STEM agency.
The police force enjoys the trust of 72 percent of Czechs, the highest trust-rate in 22years, while the army has a 75 percent trust rating.
Trust in the police force has steadily grown since the fall of communism when it underwent reform and started projecting a new image.
In 1997 the police had a 25 percent trust rating, last year it was 65 percent. Trust in NATO has also seen a rise and is now at 60 percent.
The Czech Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček
visited Afghanistan this week, two months before the country's
presidential elections. The Social Democrat minister highlighted the need
for further peace talks in the country after a meeting with the Asian
state's government representatives. He also met with the Chief
Executive of the Islamic Republic Abdullah Abdullah, who is one of the men
currently running in the country's presidential elections.
The trip included a visit to Bagram Air Field, where Mr. Petříček met with Czech soldiers and praised their work.
Czech military police have taken four people into custody in connection
with the death of an Afghan commando and terror suspect beaten while in
NATO custody. A state prosecutor said they face charges for failing to
report a crime.
The Afghan commando, Wahidullah Khan, was accused of killing a Czech soldier in October 2018 in one of many insider attacks by Afghan forces on NATO troops last year.
He allegedly opened fire on a group of Czech soldiers at Shindand air base, a facility in Herat Province in western Afghanistan. That attack killed Cpl. Tomáš Procházka and wounded two other Czech soldiers.
At the time, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar (for ANO) rejected that Czech soldiers were responsible for Khan’s death. The Defence Ministry has declined to comment on Thursday’s arrest of four people.
The Czech Republic currently has 345 soldiers in Afghanistan. So far, 14 Czech soldiers have been killed there.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has received a diplomatic note from Afghanistan
concerning the death of three Czech soldiers in the country a year ago, the
news site iRozhlas reported on Thursday. The three Czech service members
were killed by a suicide bomber while conducting a joint foot patrol with
U.S. and local soldiers in eastern Afghanistan in August.
The foreign ministry’s spokeswoman Zuzana Štíchová says the details of the note cannot be unveiled for reasons of confidentiality. According to iRozhlas, it is related to a retaliation attack by Czech and US soldiers on accomplices of the suicide bomber.
The Czech Ministry of Defence has signed a contract to purchase 62 Titus
armoured personnel carriers from the company Eldis Pardubice for over CZK 6
billion, a spokesperson said on Monday. The Czech Army should receive the
vehicles in 2022 and 2023.
The chief of the General Staff, Aleš Opata, said the Titus would replace the army’s current outmoded equipment. Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar said the contract would contribute to the modernisation of the country’s ground forces and successfully concluded a project begun four years ago.
The minority coalition government of embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babiš relies on the support of the Communists, giving the largely unreformed, pro-Moscow, anti-NATO party a political say for the first time since 1989. In exchange for its tolerance, the Communists have won some major policy concessions, and party chairman Vojtěch Filip seems increasingly determined to scupper a deal to buy US military helicopters to replace the Czech Army’s ageing fleet.
The Ministry of Defence is looking to spend nearly 1 billion crowns to
replace the country’s ageing fleet of tanks and 2.3 billion crowns to buy
two military transport aircraft.
Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar is expected to present details to the government on Monday about the proposed purchases.
The MoD wants to buy 33 tanks of the T-72M4CZ variety, an upgraded Czech version of the Soviet-made T-72 battle tanks, and two new CASA C-295MW transport aircraft. The order price includes spare parts and training.
A major security trade fair has got underway in Brno. Over 500 firms from
35 countries are taking part in the International Defence and Security
Technologies Fair (IDET). The opening of the event was attended by Czech
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar, as well
as the chief of the general staff of the Czech Army, Aleš Opata.
IDET runs until Friday. Taking place alongside it are the related trade fairs PYROS, which is focused on fire-fighting technology, and ISET, which is dedicated to security technology and services.
US Senator Rand Paul will try to block the sale of helicopters to the Czech
Army, despite the sale having been approved by the US State Department in
The Republican lawmaker from Kentucky has put forward several resolutions in the upper house of Congress to prohibit the agreed sale of military equipment also to Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Czech Army is looking to buy 12 combat or multipurpose helicopters from the American companies Bell Helicopter and General Electric. According to the Czech Embassy in Washington, Senator Paul’s chances of stopping or delaying the sale are slim.
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