JAK 40

Farewell to Yak-40

At the beginning of September, we said goodbye to the oldest aircraft of our government squadron at the military airport in Prague-Kbely – two small Yak-40 transport aeroplanes manufactured more than 40 years ago in the former Soviet Union. Similar opportunities are always full of memories and emotions, and usually, there is talk of the…

The EU’s common defense needs uniform legislation

I remember that, sometime over ten years ago, acquisition of four “used” C-130 Hercules aircraft from the USA for our army’s transport requirements was being seriously considered. Over the next year, the fund should support € 8 billion in building European security capabilities, building on the existing European Military Industry Development Program (EDIDP). There is…

Polish soldiers will receive Fords instead of Nissans

This year in March, the Polish Armed Forces announced that the Polish branch of GLOMEX Military Supplies won the tender for delivery of over six hundred off-road pick-ups by offering Nissan Navara vehicles. However, at the end of May the French-Japanese automotive manufacturer announced that, due to the coronavirus crisis, it would be closing its…

Dentist’s Chair Versus Tank

Sometimes it seems to me that some people do not want or are not able to understand. There have been opinions in the public sphere that our Army does not need any new tanks or new armoured vehicles for the infantry. That it should be sufficient to just modernise the current technology – the seventy-twos…

Czech general to command EU units in Mali

I was happy to learn that General František Ridzák will command EU units in Mali. I always thought of him as a general who thinks all assigned tasks through and completes them, assuming full accountability. In addition, it has been a long time since a Czech general commanded international units at the site of deployment.…