Czech Defense Ministry Unaware of Hungarian T-72 Tanks Purchase

T-72 main battle tanks

MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Czech Defense Ministry is unaware of any T-72 tanks being transported from Hungary into the Czech Republic, Director of the Communication and Promotion Department at the ministry Jan Pejsek told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

“The Czech Defense Ministry does not have any information about the transportation of T-72 tanks by a Czech company from Hungary into the country,” Pejsek said.

The Czech Industry and Trade Ministry told RIA Novosti that it had issued no license to any Czech firm authorizing the import of Hungarian tanks.

On Monday, Czech company Excalibur Defense Ltd. began transporting 58 T–72 tanks, purchased from the Hungarian Defense Forces, into the Czech Republic, the Hungarian government website said. These 58 tanks could have been drawn from Hungary’s reserves of about 120 T-72M tanks.

According to a representative of Czech holding Excalibur Group, Excalibur Defense Ltd. is a Hungarian company that used to be linked to Czech company Excalibur Army Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Excalibur Group. Excalibur Army Ltd. has not yet provided any comments on its possible link to the purchase of tanks.

Circus with tanks

20/08/2014 The business newspaper “The View”, quotation

The immediate catalyst for conversations about selling of  the weapons from old stocks of the former Warsaw Pact  to Ukraine, it is  a strange story in Hungary, where local bloggers photographed the  trainload of tanks T-72, moving by rail in the direction to Ukraine. And it is the Ukraine, because  it is impossible to turn to any other direction  – rails rest on the result against  the border point Zahon (aka Ukrainian Chop). Pretty soon it became clear that this is indeed the Hungarian tanks, which the Ministry of Defence of Hungary quite legally sold by tender (№ S14N08)  to some firm – Excalibur Defense KFT. This firm is registered in Székesfehérvár, outdoors Bakony, Building 4 with a registered capital of 500,000 forints. In the column “profit” for 2013 in its reporting was listed round zero. There is evidence that its founders are few citizens of the Czech Republic.

Hungarian community  interests in this story even not in  the fact of sale older tank to  somewhere (and so it is clear that the only neighboring country, which they generally may be needed – Ukraine) , but  in the price received from it. Structural unit of the Ministry of Defence of Hungary, which is responsible for  the tender, to gain from the sale of the first batch (22 tanks) 40.2 million forints, that is actually in the price of scrap metal.  And the whole “Excalibur” received 58 tanks at a cost of one hundred times smaller than even (not market but) selling prise. In this case on  the image can be clearly seen that the tanks have been prepared for sale. They are  repainted and almost polished. It somehow does not tally with the performance in the Czech press of a representative of the “Excalibur” Andrew Chirtek  saying that the tanks were bought from the Hungarian Ministry of Defence for their future “dismantling”.

  Everyone was surprised  and with  the route by which the tanks moved from Hungary – in the opposite direction from the Czech Republic. Defense Ministry explained this “logistics” – from bases in Kalocsa train was moving through the Nyíregyháza, where they were  photographed, to another base – in Nirteleke – to fulfill some formalities. That is the principle of “digging a ditch from the fence until lunch” flawlessly still works and in the Hungarian army, in spite of all NATO standards. But why re-paint something that is destined to become scrap metal?

The same firm won the second tender for the purchase of 24 MiG-29, which  can not be called  as scrap. Not to mention the helicopters. And all this with the delivery to the end of August. In this case, from the formal point of view, the  everything seems to be fine. The  tender was announced in advance, there are references to the relevant Hungarian regulatory documents and other “European standards.”

 In this scheme, there is nothing new. The Hungarian Government is not willing to supply openly Ukraine with heavy weapons. But nobody against to earn extra five cents on the old trash, by selling this trash to civil mediators-adventurers from another country. And what do they will do with it – Budapest  formally  das not care. Old trick circus dogs. Yes, all our political position opposite, but the door  will be slightly ajar. A 5% move, please, to the account of any firm “Swindlers and Spies Inc..” In Liechtenstein. And profit  of lovely gentlemen from the Czech Republic will be an astronomical amount, because Kiev generally do not care how much to pay – this is in fact the American money.

 In addition, the quality of  ammunition from ancient reserves of the Warsaw Pact, to put it mildly,is not very good. Bulgarian mines, for example, tend not to explode, but somehow screwed into asphalt up to the  stabilizer. And Bulgaria – one of the largest suppliers of this stuff. Prague  – one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of weapons – has long been firmly turned (along with Budapest) to the informal center for illegal arms trade, and all of these chains are in control of dozens of foreign intelligence agencies and specialized agencies. And sooner or later, any of these chains with a great noise will be  revealed.

 Underhand delivery to Kiev  of substandard equipment and ammunition of the old nomenclature can only briefly delay the end of the war. In this case, the responsibility for the deaths lies on the supplier, but as we see in the case of Hungary, the governments  and politics prefer not to participate  directly in the arms trade . A private individual conscience – a piece  of twilight. This, of course, not the first and not the last case, with a wide field for activity of numerous intelligence and counter-intelligence   and  for  sudden enrichment of adventurers. But the war ever end, the bodies of adventurers will be took out of  Danube, and it will become clear  that it was all useless.

Czech Republic to Send Weapons to Iraq – Czech Defense Ministry

Cargo with aid for Iraq

18:03 12/08/2014 

MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti) – The Czech Republic is preparing to start sending weapons to democratic forces in Iraq fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants, Jan Pejsek, a representative of the Czech Defense Ministry, told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

“At the moment, the ministry is compiling a list of supplies, and taking into account our stock. Anyway, we’re not talking about tanks and war planes. We’re talking about Czech-produced firearms and auxiliary supplies – that is what can be sent over. We’re in the early stages of the process, so I can’t expand on the subject any further,” Pejsek said.

The Czech Foreign Ministry said the weapons delivered to the Iraqi democratic forces will be used to fight against Islamic State militants. Whether the forces that use the weapons are the Baghdad forces or Iraqi Kurds is not of the primary importance, according to the ministry.

Foreign Ministry spokesman David Frous said that negotiations are currently underway to determine whether the supplies will be sent directly or via a trade contract.

Iraqi Kurds are currently being supported by the United States, which has been providing humanitarian aid and is helping to ship weapons to battle the IS extremists.

The Islamic State is a Sunni group that has been conducting an offensive in Iraq since June. The group has already taken over large parts of the country, targeting the seizure of Baghdad. Also in June, the group announced the establishment of a caliphate on the Iraq-Syria border.

Czech Republic Opposes Hosting NATO Troops – Defense Minister

Czech Republic Opposes Hosting NATO Troops – Defense Minister

MOSCOW, May 12 (RIA Novosti) – The Czech Republic does not support the permanent stationing of NATO troops in the country in connection with the situation in Ukraine, Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky said in an interview with the Reuters news agency.

According to Stropnicky, Czechs vividly remember the Soviet invasion of the country in 1968 and therefore are opposed to the presence of any foreign troops on the territory of the country. “We know well how any permanent stationing [of troops] is still a problem,” Stropnicky said, noting that he still supports the expansion of cooperation on training and other activities of the alliance.

Previously commander of NATO forces in Europe, US General Philip Breedlove said that in the light of the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine, NATO member countries may consider permanently stationing troops in Eastern Europe. Currently, NATO troops are present in the region only for short-term rotations.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said earlier the alliance will boost air patrols over Eastern Europe and dispatch extra ships to the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas due to the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that NATO was attempting to use the Ukrainian crisis as a pretext to unite the alliance’s members and to push for Moscow’s isolation. At the same time, Rasmussen stressed that NATO has not yet made a decision on the placement of permanent bases in Eastern Europe.

NATO earlier accused Russia of deploying approximately 35,000-40,000 troops in the vicinity of the Ukrainian border in preparation for a military intervention in Ukraine, despite Russia’s continued claims there was nothing unusual about its military drills.

Ukraine, Greece, Czech Republic , Italy , China to take part in the ” Tank Biathlon 2014 ” with their technique

Ukraine, Greece, Czech Republic , Italy , China to take part in the

31.01.2014 TSAMTO
Military authorities of the five countries expressed their intention to participate in the World Championships of ” Tank Biathlon 2014 ” on their tanks . The Chief of the Russian Armed Forces Combat Training Depsrtment Ivan Buvaltsev said about this during a meeting in Moscow with military attaches, ” RIA Novosti ” reported

According to him, it is Ukraine , Greece, Czech Republic , Italy and China . Now they clarify the process of delivery of the vehicle to the territory of Russia.

Russian Military Inspectors to Fly Over NATO Territory

Russian Military Inspectors to Fly Over NATO Territory

MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will begin Sunday monitoring flights over NATO members Slovakia and the Czech Republic under the international Open Skies Treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“A group of Russian inspectors is scheduled to conduct surveillance flights over Slovakia and the Czech Republic on board an An-30B aircraft from October 20 to 26 as part of the implementation of the international Open Skies Treaty,” Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center under the Russian Defense Ministry, said on Saturday.

The missions will be carried out from Slovakia’s Malacky air base on October 20-23 and from the Czech Republic’s Pardubice on October 23-26, Ryzhkov added.

These will be the 35th and 36th observation flights conducted by Russia over the territories of the treaty member-states in 2013.

The Open Skies Treaty, which entered into force on January 1, 2002, established a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of its 34 member states to promote openness and the transparency of military forces and activities. Russia ratified the treaty in May 2001.

Each aircraft flying under the Open Skies program is fitted with optical, infra-red and radar sensors to gather imagery, which can be shared among all signatories to support the monitoring of compliance with arms control treaties.

Czech Republic will deliver to Libya armored vehicles BRDM-2 and BVP-1

Czech Republic will deliver  to Libya armored vehicles BRDM-2 and BVP-1

27.06.2013 Arms-expo

Czech Group companies agreed with the Libyan government contract potentially worth one billion kroons (38.6 million euros), providing for the supply of a large batch of armored fighting vehicles.

The Libyan government and the three defense equipment manufacturer from the Czech Republic signed an agreement for the supply of 350 BRDM-2 and BVP-1.
No exact timing of the agreement is not mentioned. Earlier, the Czech Republic was one of the largest suppliers of military equipment during the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.