CR wants US military aid in exchange for radar base

History

The Czech Republic connected the talks on the possible stationing of a US radar base on Czech soil with demands for US military aid in the form of transport aircraft and upgraded airspace defense, public Czech Television (CT) reported on Monday.

“We have asked the United States for coordination in the acquisition of two middle-size transport tactical aircraft, and we would imagine this within the talks on missile defense,” Deputy Defense Minister Martin Bartak said. Moreover, the Czech military would like the United States to help it upgrade airspace defense, CT said, adding that the Czechs are probably interested in the Patriot system. Such military-technical cooperation will probably not be included in any of the treaties that Czech parliament is to pass in summer, the Czech news agency CTK said. The talks on the respective agreement on military cooperation have just begun, CTK added.

According to Bartak, the Czech Republic would not participate in NATO’s joint project Globemaster within which the country, along with some other allies, planned to acquire and jointly operate two to three C-17 transport aircraft. The Czechs would not join the project due to its high costs, CT said.

The United States plans to build a radar base in the Brdy military district, some 90 kilometers southwest of the capital Prague, along with an interceptor missile base in neighboring Poland. Some 70% of Czech citizens are opposed to the project. (people.com.cn)

ADVERTISEMENT

Climate change hurts economy, but creates new business oppor... Analysis

Climate change hurts economy, but creates new business oppor...

Lawmakers approve 2022 budget Parliament

Lawmakers approve 2022 budget

Dentons rehires banking and finance partner Appointments

Dentons rehires banking and finance partner

Budapest launches revamped coupon card for visitors City

Budapest launches revamped coupon card for visitors

SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL

Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.