Josef Bečvář

Protective helmets

Recently, I was intrigued to hear that the Czech Armed Forces decided to withdraw from its original decision to purchase new protective helmets from the supplier who won the tender. Of course, I am not delighted that Czech soldiers are still lacking a vital part of their equipment for which they have been waiting for…

NATO 2019 Summit and Defence Spending

It seems that after several years of preparing large acquisition programs, the defence sector is gradually getting ready for their implementation. As a former Chief of the General Staff, I am sincerely pleased for both Czech soldiers and Czech citizens. It is probably unnecessary to return to the days when the so-called clear indications provoked…

Česká armáda Pandur

Active Reserves Are Proving Their Worth

The active army reserves are an integral part of the Czech Armed Forces, as evidenced by their role within the ‘Concept of the Czech Armed Forces 2030’, which was recently approved by the Government of the Czech Republic. Although I don’t like looking into the past too much, I cannot but remember the times when…

Letouny CASA

The Former Commander of the Czech Army, Josef Bečvář, Defended the Acquisition of CASA Aircraft in Court. They Proved to Be Perfect, He Said

The former Chief of the General Staff, Josef Bečvář, testified for the defence in the trial concerning the Czech Army´s CASA aircraft acquisition. He said that the planes proved to be perfect when used in The Czech Republic and on foreign missions. He does not recall having noticed any reservations concerning the price or anything…