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Military Vehicles on Order from the Czech Republic

As per inputs, Libya has struck a €38 million deal with the Czech Republic to buy 350 amphibious armoured vehicles. The order will include the amphibious BRDM, a wheeled combat reconnaissance vehicle armed with two machine guns, and the BVP-1, a tracked infantry fighting vehicle. Both types are amphibious, able to operate on land and sea. A further 300 vehicles already owned by the military are to be modernised, in Libya, as part of the deal.

However, Libya is not yet permitted to buy arms. Excalibur Army, TATRA and VOP CZ, firms which will supply and upgrade vehicles, are apparently concerned that the deal may fall through because ammunition cannot be included in the sale.

The Czech Government would not allow ammunition to be exported to Libya for the time being. However, it is probable that Libya already has ammunition suitable for use with the new vehicles.

Before the revolution, the Czech Republic was one of the top ten countries supplying Libya with weaponry, munitions and related equipment, following the 2003 lifting of the 1992 arms embargo on the country. It sold almost €2 million worth of military vehicles to Libya in 2007 and, the year before, sold €421,000 worth of toxic agents to the country.

NCIA Declares Intent of an International Tender

NCIA has declared intent (NOI - Notification of Intent) of an international tender for the acquisition of “Consultancy Framework for Modernisation and Rationalisation of NATO Technology Infrastructure”.

The contract will last for three years with a possible extension. The expected volume of the contract is about 2 million EUR for the first year. The successful candidate will be excluded from the possibility to participate in the realisation of modernisation of IT infrastructure within the NATO. The tender will be published during February 2013 and the deadline for submitting offers should in April. The contract is to be signed in June 2013.

Kindly find the NOI here. FSEC 2012 was, among other international organisations and agencies, supported by the NCIA.

Bulgaria Announces Tender for Runway Lights Replacement Worth 165,000 EUR

The Bulgarian MoD has started an international tender for runway lights replacement at Graf Ignatievo Airbase. The project is included in Capability Package CP 5A0062 “Provide operational facilities in seven new nations” funded at 25”B” by NATO Security Investment Program (NSIP).

Rough estimated cost of the contract is 165,000 EUR. Deadline for submitting the Declaration of Eligibility is 15 Feb 2013. Closing date for bidding is on 02 Apr 2013. For more information please kindly find the NOI here.

Col Dimitar Zlatarov, PhD, Head of Investment Activities Coordination Department, MoD of Bulgaria, was among the wide group of international procurement experts, armament directorate representatives, buyers and decision makers participating in the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference 2012. Do not miss the opportunity to discuss business opportunities with participating professionals at FUTURE FORCES Exhibition & Conference taking place on 15-17 Oct 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic! Kindly find the FF14 Application Form here.

Russian Army to Get New Sniper Rifles in 2013

The Russian Defence Ministry has announced it will purchase new sniper rifles this year. Under the arms procurement program for 2013, Degtyarev 6S8-1 12.7mm rifles will be bought for the Russian Armed Forces and from 2014 the ministry will start buying Dragunov 7.62mm, VSS 9mm and ASVK 12.7mm rifles, as well as new optical-electronic sights. As per inputs, the ministry will also consider buying Orsis rifles.

Russia is about to producing four new sets of sniper equipment, including surveillance and detection tools, means of suppression and passive protection for snipers. The first set is designed for use at ranges up to 800 meters, the second – over 800 meters, the third – for snipers in urban police operations, and the fourth – for sniper training. The sets are being developed by a special team at the Tochmash Research Institute. The team includes instructors from Russia’s Special Forces who are overseeing the demands for weapons performance. The military is planning to deploy at least 1,000 snipers by 2016 to motorized rifle and tank brigades. They will be able to hit targets at a distance of 1-2 kilometers.

The then First Deputy Defence Minister of Russian Federation, Mr. Alexander Sukhorukov, with delegation from the Russian MoD, as well as Deputy Director of Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Mr. Konstantin Biryulin, and Mr. Igor Scherbenko, Deputy Head of Department, FSMTC, participated in the FSEC 2012 in Prague.

Save the date! The next FUTURE FORCES Exhibition & Conference will be held on 15-17 Oct 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Czech Military to Buy 30 New MRAP Armoured Vehicles

The Czech Defence Ministry plans the purchase of 30 new armoured vehicles that will be resistant to ground mines. The price of the tender could reach 30 million USD. As per the Czech Armed Forces General Staff, the vehicles should be acquired in 2014-2017. The military wants to buy command and communication types of the MRAP vehicles that will be used by Czech units operating abroad. The planned procurement of vehicles is connected with the OEF and ISAF peacekeeping missions. The new MRAP vehicles will help the Czech Land Forces to achieve the goal of the planned operational capabilities and interoperability.

NATO Land Capability Group - Land Engagement working group experts participated in the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference, hold in Oct 2012 in Prague.

Czech Army to Buy New Uniforms for 4,76 Million USD

The Czech Defence Ministry is to equip the Armed Forces with new uniforms. The purchase for summer and winter uniforms to the tune of 93 million CZK (4,765,076 USD) is to be made via the NATO support agency, after the Ministry’s tender for new uniforms was cancelled by the Czech Anti-monopoly Office. The Ministry has had problems placing a tender for new uniforms for the past two years.

Presentation on the topic “How to do Business with NSPA - NSPA Procurement Policy, NSPA e-procurement Modules, Future Business Opportunities and Projects” was presented at FSEC 2012 by Mr. Robbert Smit, Deputy Director of Procurement & Competition Advocate, NSPA. Kindly find the PDF file here.

Final Report

FSEC 2012 Prague: Seen and Heard



The success of this year’s Future Soldier & Conference was also confirmed by the interest of the media in new products displayed by exhibitors and events accompanying the exhibition. In addition to major Czech TV and radio networks, dailies and professional magazines, most of the leading international military periodicals were covering the exhibition as well, bringing topical news on their websites or Facebook pages, such as Military Technology or Tactical News Magazine:
UK Technology Demonstrator Ready
Seen and Heard
NORMANS to Be Fielded Soon
New Membrane by Polartec
FS Prague - Impressions
New Tactical Communication and Hearing Protection System
World Premiers at Future Soldier 2012
Photographic Recap of Day One
Day 1 Recap
Protection by Jammers and EW
Vehicle Upgrades
Carinthia Keeps You Warm
Sharp, sharper, Victorinox
Saab’s 9LAND SOLDIER sPad
Bumar’s FS Programme ULAN 21
Tactical News Magazine

The FSEC exhibition was the biggest military-economic event of this year

Between October 17 and 19, the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference fair taking place in Prague’s exhibition grounds in Letňany hosted over a hundred exhibitors from 22 countries and 45 delegations from the North Atlantic Alliance, FBI, Europol and countries representing potentially attractive export destinations for the Czech defence industry.



Many technological innovations were presented during this meeting of top-level representatives of armed forces, dealers and manufacturers of arms, equipment and technologies. The German Rheinmetall group and the joint Polish stand presented the latest versions of their Future Infantry Soldier systems. FSEC´s nomenclature is focused on technological innovations; this was why visitors could see many robots improving situational awareness of troops, as well as materials and equipment which the soldier’s gear consists of, including special fabrics, long duration batteries and electronic weapon systems.

Conflicts moving into cyberspace

The other major topic of this year’s exhibition was the protection of cyberspace, which is, according to experts, the stage to which a substantial part of potential national security risks is being transferred now. The Future of Cyber international conference attracted almost twenty speakers, including FBI, EDA or Europol experts. The consulting branch of Deloitte, which was the principal partner of the conference, performed demonstrations of so-called live hacking and ways of protecting oneself against it at its stand.

The Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference is held under the auspices of the Minister of Defence, and the largest exhibition area was thus occupied by the Czech Armed Forces, which presented a number of new pieces of equipment and weapons in their inventory. During a press conference of Minister of Defence Alexander Vondra, Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Petr Pavel explained the event offered an excellent opportunity for the Czech Armed Forces to meet representatives of the defence industry and let them know about CAF’s acquisition plans, requirements and financial outlooks of planned investments. The army also took care of entertainment at the event in the form of a show of the Castle Guard’s motorcycle ceremonial units and demonstrations of the Musado martial art.

A unique opportunity to address buyers and dealers

The participation of top-level representatives of NATO agencies, European Defence Agency and Europol and several hundreds of dealers in military equipment was a great opportunity for presentations of Czech defence companies. As a matter of fact the Czech companies Česká zbrojovka and LOM Praha were among leading partners of the event. The FSEC exhibition offered a platform for a number of seminars and panel discussions with foreign guests from different agencies and institutions, who are otherwise very difficult to meet or address. Prominent speakers at seminars for manufacturers and traders included, for example, Richard Froh, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Robbert Smit from the NATO Support Agency, or Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director of the NATO Standardization Agency.

An important meeting of representatives of the state and Czech defence companies

There was also an important meeting of representatives of the Czech companies grouped in the Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic and representatives of the government. At the “Relations between the state and the defence industry” seminar, the Czech Foreign Ministry’s representative Cyril Bumbálek informed the audience about the establishment of a new interdepartmental working group, which will include all ministries which are somehow involved in defence industry issues, namely the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Industry and Trade, but also the Ministry of Education which allocates subsidies to research and development projects.

Petr Gandalovič, currently the Czech Ambassador to Washington, came to explain tangible effects of the Reciprocal Procurement of Defence Equipment and Services Agreement signed earlier this year by US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta and his Czech counterpart Alexander Vondra for Czech defence companies. The agreement opened the way to US defence contracts for the Czech defence industry. The Czech Republic and Poland are the only former Eastern Bloc countries that have signed such an agreement with the United States.

Petr Gandalovič also summarized the opinion of many Czech exhibitors and experts, namely that Czech defence companies should actively use the potential the FSEC exhibition had due to its venue, and bring traders and representatives of national armies from other than European countries to Prague as well.

The next exhibition, under the new name “Future Forces Exhibition & Conference”, will take place from October 15 to 17, 2014.

FSEC in the Spotlight of all Major Media

The first day of the 10th jubilee exhibition can be seen as a key factor of success. The number of exhibitors and visitors representing the professional community are equally important in this respect. The latter group includes representatives of Czech power ministries, defence industry associations and companies, and of course foreign dealers. Last but not least, there are members of the fourth estate, i.e. the media sector.

Two major Czech TV networks, Czech TV (public) and NOVA (private), aired shots from the exhibition. The event was also covered by Czech Radio and Metropol TV. Apart from military periodicals, dailies such as Hospodářské noviny were also interested in what was going on at the exhibition. NOVA TV seemed to be most attracted by the DMRK robot developed by the University of Defence and greeting the visitors in English, as it was practicing its welcoming address for MoD VIPs. Dissemination of information about the exhibition in printed media is also made possible by media partners and magazines grouped in the European Military Press Association (EMPA). Its prominent local members are the Czech Defence Industry and Security Review quarterly published by MS Line, which is the media partner of the Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic, and the ATM magazine of the Aeromedia Publishing House, which is focused on defence technologies. The A-Report magazine, which is an official periodical of the Czech Ministry of Defence, will also bring information about the event.

In the morning of the first day, Czech Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra, Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Petr Pavel, and his deputy, Major General František Maleninský, visited the exhibition. During a press conference, the Minister of Defence stressed the need to support the local defence industry which, however, depends on the funds the defence sector is allocated. In Poland, for example, a legal act stipulates mandatory defence appropriations equal to 2% of GDP, in accordance with what the North Atlantic Alliance requires, while the Czech defence budget has in fact dropped to less than 1%.

This year’s exhibition focuses on cybernetics, and in particular cyber security. The discipline is connected with practically every branch and segment of today’s defence and security. Contrary to other military technologies, cybernetic shows a clear and fundamental trend; the replacement rate of commercial electronic products, in particular mobile phones, computers and their derivatives, has reduced their lifecycle to about two years, while military development projects counted their lifecycles in dozens of years. This is why defence projects of today make extensive use of commercial electronic products. This practice has speeded up the development of new defence products, but the supply greatly exceeds the demand, which is adversely affected by high prices of defence products and shrinking defence budgets of many countries. Problems related to security and undesirable transfer of information naturally occur in this area as well.

The MS Line Publishing House organized an attractive accompanying event, namely the prestigious Gold Future Soldier 2012 prize awarded to the most successful defence companies appearing at the exhibition. The prize-awarding jury consisting of representatives of local and foreign media (Czech Republic, Italy, Germany Norway, Austria, United Kingdom) was chaired by General Wolfgang Peischel from Austria (Editor-in-Chief of Austrian Military Journal), Czech Deputy Minister of Defence responsible for human resources Michael Hrbata (Chairman of the Editorial Board of Czech Defence Industry and Security Review), and member of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Tomáš Kladívko (Deputy Chairman of the Editorial Board of Czech Defence Industry and Security Review). The prizes were awarded to representatives of EVPÚ Defence, Mesit Přístroje, Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics and NFM Group.

The exhibition presented a number of new products of both local and foreign manufacturers. An example of the local products is a mobile telescopic guard post, Tower Surveillance and Monitoring System, developed by EVPÚ Defence. The electronic part of the unique system comprises a set of sensors, including a thermal imaging camera mounted on a stabilized platform. It may be fitted, for example, with the MEERKAT surveillance system. Partners from Israel took part in the development of the product.

A lightweight version of the future soldier equipment, known as NORMANS, was displayed by the Norwegian subsidiary of Thales. It is a modular system the basic version of which does not even have to have sensors or other surveillance and observation devices fitted to its helmet. The company presented its products on the stand of the Norwegian Defence and Security Industry Association. NFM Group, which deals in the development and manufacture of flexible protective items and has been awarded the Gold Future Soldier prize, is also a member of the association.

Another Gold Future Soldier prize laureate is the VICM 208 COMBAT units developed by Mesit Přístroje. It has been designed for communication systems of military vehicles. It processes signals from the Battlefield Management System (BMS) and generates warning messages. It is a new sophisticated interface of warning signals that can be connected to as many as 10 inputs of status signals of the vehicle.

The Pardubice-based company Explosia also showed a number of interesting products, including products for Special Forces and EOD specialists. Its new products are represented by a range of modular propellant charges for 155 mm guns, developed in cooperation with a foreign partner.

The Slovak company Virtual Reality Media brought a simple simulator used to train Mi-171 helicopter pilots, designated Mi-171 Cockpit Procedures Trainer. A more advanced simulator is the Mi-17 Flight Training Device and the top of the product range is represented by the sophisticated Mi-171 Full Flight/Full Mission Simulator.

MKU, a company present or operating in 90 countries of the world, is a leading specialist in the field of military personnel and equipment protection. It showed mainly individual protection items, including helmets, goggles or ballistic protection plates for bulletproof vests. However, it also manufactures armour for rotary-wing aircraft, vehicles or warships.

The exhibition marked the debut of the head-up goggles developed by Audiopro. The new product was so fresh that there were no product leaflets available on the first day. However, an unusually high level of interest by specialists of the University of Defence, who claim it is suitable as a component of the future soldier equipment, may be an indication of its quality.

Chief of the General Staff Highlighted FSE&C’s Benefits for the Army

A press conference with Minister of Defence Alexander Vondra and Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces General Petr Pavel and an opening ceremony attended by representatives by more than 45 foreign delegations marked the beginning of the 10th international Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference.

In his opening address and answers to subsequent questions of journalists, the Chief of the General Staff stressed the benefits of the event for the Czech Armed Forces, which are, as he said, offered an excellent opportunity to meet representatives of the defence industry and let them know about acquisition plans, requirements and financial outlooks of planned investments. It is also an opportunity for the armed forces to address both local visitors and guests from abroad and acquaint them with activities of the army.

103 official exhibitors from more than 22 countries of the world take part in this year’s exhibition. However, there are in fact more exhibitors, as some companies represent multiple partners, particularly from abroad, and the armed forces are presenting a host of their specialized outfits, agencies and units.

A massive DMRK (an acronym for Digital Monitor of Radiation Contamination) was preparing to welcome Minister Alexander Vondra and representatives of other organizations under the auspices of which the event is held, in particular President of the Czech Defence and Security Association Jíří Hynek and President of the Association of Guns and Ammunition Manufacturers and Sellers Ladislav Kovařík at the stand of the University of Defence in Brno.

The area where Polish defence companies exhibit their products focuses mainly on the Polish future soldier concept, including a new range of MSBS 5.56 mm infantry weapons. Just like its German Gladius IdZ counterpart, the Polish system comprises mainly target detection and acquisition and data transfer devices. An interesting feature of the MSBS range is a possibility of choosing between a conventional design and a bullpup arrangement.

Visitors can also have a look at one of the Tatra T-810 off-road trucks in the inventory of our armed forces. Regardless of various media peripetias, the vehicles have proved to be practical and reliable workhorses for many units of the Czech Army. Field camouflage, in particular the individual camouflage system known as the Ghillie suit, but also camouflage nets, are produced by BOIS Filtry, which switched to a product portfolio different from the one that its name would suggest years ago.

The exhibition of PRAMACOM, which also represents several foreign manufacturers of top-notch electronic products used by our army in Afghanistan, also resembles a beehive of future soldiers. Assisted by Czech Army soldiers from different units, representatives of the company are setting up dummies. Visitors can see several versions of specialized equipment, from a sentry’s outfit to Forward Air Controller (FAC) gear to a field reconnaissance and data transfer set designed to meet the needs of different services.

Defence and security industry exhibitions are an important place of transfer and exchange of business and technical information and printed materials and publications. The latter are provided by specialized publishing houses, in particular MS Line, which is an established long-term media partner of the Czech Defence and Security Association. In addition, there is also a stand of the world’s biggest military publishing house, Mönch Publishing of Germany. Last but not least, it is necessary to mention the stand of the Small Arms Defense Journal, which, as its name suggests, deals mainly with infantry weapons.

Twenty years ago, a fixed- or rotary-wing UAV was a fantastic novelty; today it is a commonplace asset. Typical examples are the Raven and Wasp UAVs, which can be found on the stands of the Czech Armed Forces and PRAMACOM. However, even a commonplace asset can be approached in different ways. Our soldiers in Afghanistan are aware that the equipment is costly. Their active attitude to the operation and maintenance of their UAVs permitted a 100% increase of the number of flights compared to the standard figure specified by the manufacturer.

A hot problem of today’s armies is electric power, the reason being the electrization and electronization of weapons and weapon systems. Today’s and future soldiers are literally behung with them. Although the nominal consumption of electric power is decreasing, the need for power sources of energy is growing. There are two exhibitors dealing in this line of business. The first of them in the alphabetical order is BREN Tronics, which has been developing and manufacturing batteries, cells, chargers and solar systems for more than 40 years. The other one is SFC Energy AG, the world’s number one in the segment of fuel cells, which are becoming the principal and most promising supplier of energy on the battlefield. Products of the company are used mainly by US and German armed forces.

According to Jan Sajdl, General Manager of the Exhibition, the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference 2012 is one of the biggest meetings of top representatives of specialized NATO agencies in our territory, including, for example, the Deputy Commander of the Allied Command Transformation, Director of the NATO Standardization Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Director of the European Defence Agency, Deputy Director of Europol, and representatives of NSPA and NCIA representatives. Also expected are Deputy Ministers or State Secretaries of defence from Albania, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Switzerland.

The “Future of Cyber” conference registration deadline extended!

The two-day “Future of Cyber” conference, co-organized by AFCEA, will deal with issues of protection against cyber attacks and all related matters, including protection of information and personal data and relevant legislation. Under the auspices of Deloitte, a live demonstration of a hacker attack and available defence options that can be used against it will take place directly at the conference. Click here to open a complete programme of the conference.

Will Experience a Simulated Hacker Attack

A simulated hacker attack and defence against it will be one of major attractions of the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference taking place in Prague-Letňany (October 17 - 19, 2012). Under the auspices of Deloitte, Andras Kabai, a renowned international IT security expert, will demonstrate a simulated attack during which the hacker will gain access to the computer and with it a possibility of acquiring sensitive information and attacking other computers in the network. Kabai, Deloitte’s IT Security and Data Protection Manager, will demonstrate there exist many ways how to modify or encrypt harmful binary programmes to make them unrecognizable by antivirus programmes so that the attack is undetectable.

The hacker attack, which will be demonstrated three times a day at the Deloitte exposition, dovetails nicely with the main topic of the greatest accompanying event of the exhibition, the two-day “Future of Cyber” conference, co-organized by AFCEA. It will deal with issues of protection against cyber attacks and all related matters, including protection of information and personal data and relevant legislation. Under the auspices of Deloitte, a live demonstration of a hacker attack and available defence options that can be used against it will take place directly at the conference.

The Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference 2012 is held under direct auspices of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic, Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic, Association of Guns and Ammunition Manufactures and Sellers, Czech Chamber of Commerce, Castle Guard and Military History Institute in Prague It also offers an exceptional opportunity for personal meetings with, for example, top representatives of the supreme command of the NATO. The international exhibition, which is a display of top-notch military technologies and an important destination of traders from all over the world, will already take place for the tenth time. In addition to cyber defence, this year’s event will focus on new personal equipment and gear of soldiers, communication systems, critical infrastructure elements and defence technologies. Defence technology buffs among the general public can visit the exhibition on its last day, i.e. October 19.. Products and technologies of several dozens of companies from more than 30 countries of the world will be displayed.

Book your accommodation via our website

Take the advantage of the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference (FSEC) partnership hotels which offer accommodation for the FSEC exhibitors and visitors for favourable prices. Since all the hotels are verified and regularly used by our clients, we can guarantee you a high quality, as well as the professional and personal attitude.

FSEC 2012 is held in the busiest period of the year, when most of the Prague hotels are fully booked. However, thanks to our partnership hotels, there are already reserved rooms for you.

Please visit our website and book your accommodation quickly and easily. Our professional team is ready to assist you or provide you more information.

All the FSEC 2012 participants are offered flights operated by the Czech Airlines with a 10% discount on Economy Class and 15% discount on Business Class. For more information please visit our website or contact Ms. Tereza Kocova at kocova@natoexhibition.org.

Possibility to order tickets for favourable price

All participants of the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference 2012 are offered flights from Czech Airlines with 10% discount of Economy class and 15% discount of Business class.

You can book flight tickets here: www.csa.cz

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Welcome on board, shooting stars!

We are proud to announce that Česká zbrojovka a.s. signed a contract of partnership and will be the main partner of FSEC 2012.



Česká zbrojovka a.s. ranks among the global firearms producers with a roaring success and a longstanding tradition. Founded back in 1936, this admired Czech company is a synonym of superb craftsmanship, innovative design and excellence in defence.

Česká zbrojovka became famous for its production of the legendary CZ 75 semi-automatic pistol, the model 58 assault rifle and the model 61 Skorpion submachine gun. However Česká zbrojovka keeps developing new products and the latest of them (such as the CZ SCORPION EVO 3 submachine gun, the CZ 805 BREN automatic rifle and the CZ 805 G1 the single shot grenade launcher) have already won a wide-spectrum recognition and begin to serve in Law Enforcement and Armed Forces all aroung the world.

The Senate gives the missions a go

The Senate of The Czech Republic has approved the government's foreign missions plan for the next two years - thus the last necessary legislative step in the process of the approval got a go after both the government and the lower chamber smoothly approved it.

The plan envisages a reduction of troops in Afghanistan and a gradual change of focus from military operations to training of local security forces. The Czech army will maintain 539 troops in Afghanistan next year and 340 in 2014. A maximum of ten soldiers will remain active in Kosovo within the KFOR mission and three soldiers will serve in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Around 40 soldiers will serve in NATO command structures around the world.

Vast majority (61 out of 69) senators voted for the mission plan. "I do not remember a support this high and regardless the political stands of the voting senators," commented Mr. Alexander Vondra, Czech Minister of Defence, and added: "Our proposal is realistic, it reflects current economic and technical capacities of our country and yet it clearly expresses our desire to be serious about our commitments and obligations toward the allies."

About 25 thousands of Czech soldiers has already served in the foreign missions since the 90ties, more than 8 thousands were deployed in Kosovo, about 3 thousands in Iraq, over 8 thousand Czech women and men in uniforms have already serve din Afghanistan.

Representatives of the EMPA visiting Prague



During their visit to Prague, the executive board of the EMPA (European Military Press Association) expressed their will to actively support FSEC through the EMPA member publications. The annual EMPA Congress will be a part of the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference from 16th – 20th October and dozens of representatives of all the publications from 22 countries associated in EMPA will arrive to discuss their latest topics and challenges there. Finalizing the particular points of the program for the upcoming EMPA conference in Prague were Mr. Līga Lakuča, Mrs.Vineta Žilinska and Mr. Jean- Paul Gudit.

Slovak participation in the FSEC

The Slovak Republic considers its participation in the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference both an important opportunity to present their technologies and also an extraordinary event to establish new contacts. The Slovak Ministry of Defence will have its exposition at the FSEC and the conditions of a joint presentation of the Slovak companies is also being discussed. These information are conclusion of the early June meeting of Mr.. Gabriel Merňák, the National Armament Director, Mr. Róbert Radič, the Head of the Armament Department, Mrs. Henrieta Matejová from the Department of Armament, Mrs. Stella Bulejkova, the Executive director of the Association of the Defence and Security industry of the Slovak Republic and Mr. Ladislav Kollarik, first vice-president of the AFCEA – Slovak chapter with the representatives of the FSEC 2012.

FSCE on IDEB

The organizers of FSEC 2012 participated in the IDEB Expo in May, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Their exposition was a part of the official Czech Armed Forces stand and they met dozens of representatives of both armed forces and companies from more than 20 countries, presenting them the FSCE 2012 both at the exhibition and during informal meetings.

Mr. Pavel Zelenka, the Executive Director of the FCE 2012, met not only the Slovak President Dr. Ivan Gasparovic, but also the President of the Slovak Association of the Defence and Security Industry, the general manager and the principal contracting officer of NATO Communication and Information Agency (NC3A). the president of the European Defence and Security Industry (AFCEA), millitary attaches of Egypt, India and USA or representatives of the NATO Support Agency (NAMSA) but many journalist from all around the Europe as well.

FSCE meets DSIA

The organizers of the FSCE 2012 met the DSIA (Defence and Security Industry Association) of the Czech Republic to present detailed information on this globally important event. The FSCE 2012 was introduced by Mr. Jan Sajdl, General manager, Mr. Pavel Zelenka, Executive director, Mr. František Kočí, Director and Mrs. Martina Ondkova, Production manager and Mr. Jiri Vrana, vice-chairman of the Association of the manufacturers of Firearms and Ammunition of the Czech Republic.


The guests of the meeting were e.g. Mrs. Hana Tröberova and Mr. Jiri Pichl from the Highest Command of the Police of the Czech Republic, col. Antonín Zlínský, of the and the Armaments Division of the Czech MoD and president of the DSIA, Mr. Jiri Hynek. The corporate guests of the event were representatives from companies Sodat, Meopta, B.O.I.S. Filtry, Pramacom, Oritest, ATS Telcom, Bull, Swordfish, Max Merlin and many others.

NATO will build a joint training center in the Czech Republic

The NATO summit in Chicago has approved the setting up of a multinational helicopter training centre based in the Czech Republic, The project, presented together with Croatia, is the Czech Republic’s contribution to NATO’s Smart Defence Initiative, focusing on interconnecting of different capabilities of member countries to reach higher effectiveness and economy.


The project is a part of sharing defence capacities by the NATO member countries and the Czech Republic has prepared in cooperation with Croatia. It will use the base in Pardubice, east Bohemia, at which Afghan and U.S. pilots now gradually undergo training. Croatia, for its part, offers other suitable geographic conditions for training in mountain terrain.


"It is our small contribution, such a tiny stone in the mosaic of the things that can really be done jointly in the future, more on the basis of division of labour. Besides, every country will save something," commented the Minister of Defence of the Czech republic, Mr. Alexander Vondra.


According to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen the allies have approved twenty similar projects „The Alliance needs and at a price it can afford.“ NATO hopes this will be a way how to achieve a distinctive modernizations and improvement of its forces despite fact the member countries are currently facing defence budgets costs.

A vision of a joint-air force

Budget cuts make the NATO allies search for solutions in joint defence efforts. Czech Department of Defence is no exception and thus the ten years old idea of joint Czech and Slovak air force is being revised again.

According to first deputy Jiří Šedivý the sharing of fighter-planes should not get to an extent where the Czechs would watch over the supreme Slovak air space and vice versa. "The air-space control is an important part of the national sovereignty. A situation when an allien pilot shoots down a plane kidnapped by terrorists over our air-space is hardly acceptable," says Šedivý. Yet major savings could be reached if both countries proceeded jointly in the fields like logistics, service, spare parts supply or the training of the pilots.

Necessary precondition of success in the joint proceedings is the unified equipment and armament - and that most likely can not be done anytime soon. While the Czech are in process of negotiations for prolonging the rental of their 14 Gripens with Sweden, the Slovaks still keep their 12 refurbished MiGs - 29.

Castle Guard will take part in FSEC2012


The modern history of the Castle Guard started on 6 December 1918 as the Military High Command of the Czechoslovak Republic issued a directive earmarking an infantry century from the 28th Infantry Regiment and assigning the unit to guard the seat of the President of the Czechoslovak Republic. It was called the Castle Century and consisted of three infantry platoons and one machine rifle platoon – in total 5 state employees and 166 enlisted personnel. It was the first regular military unit to provide military security of the Prague Castle and to perform military honours as a part of protocol and representation activities of the President of the Republic. Just as nowadays, the Castle Guard was claiming allegiance in its past heydays to the traditions of the Czechoslovak legions, who shed their blood in the First World War battlefields for the creation of an independent national state.


After nearly ninety-four years of existence, the Castle Guard is a full-fledged and integral component of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, fulfilling the tasks of guarding and defending the residential locations of the President and representing the President in performance of his duties. Some of the most important official honours the Castle Guard has organised recently were: meeting of the Presidents of the Central European countries, visit of the Pope, reception of the US and Russian Presidents, organising the state funeral of the former president Václav Havel, etc. The Castle Guard comprises the Command and Staff, two Guard Battalions, Support Company and Castle Guard Band. The total strength of the unit is 653 personnel. Perhaps the most distinguishable feature of the Castle Guard soldiers are the characteristic blue uniforms, created by designer Theodor Pištěk and introduced in 1990. Arms used by the Castle Guard are, particularly, the CZ SCORPION EVO 3A1 submachine gun and the CZ 75 SP-01 PHANTOM pistol; ceremonial arms include the Mod. 52/57 rifle (show version) and the Mod. 2001 rapier.


The Castle Guard not only fulfil their mandatory duties but at the same time represent the State in front of Czech and foreign visitors who come to the Prague Castle. We can see the soldiers every day during the guard-changing ceremony in the 1st courtyard and during the change of guards at the entrance gates of the Czech President’s seat.

Czech firms can directly participate in the U.S. public tenders

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra signed a "Reciprocal Procurement of Defense Equipment and Services Agreement" during a NATO meeting in Brussels on April 18.

The deal allows Czech defense industry firms to directly participate in public tenders by the U.S. Defense Department. So far, Czech firms could only become subcontractors for U.S. companies.

"The agreement reaffirms the importance and vitality of the U.S.-Czech defense relationship and enhances our cooperative security relationship," said U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in his remarks.

Accordinng to Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra, the deal is of "key significance" for the Czech defense industry. „It is a major step forward in Czech and U.S. Defense Equipment co-operation,“ added Leon Panetta.

CR + NATO signed MoU on cyber security

The Czech Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cyber security cooperation with NATO on March 14, 2012.

The Czech Republic was represented by the Director of the National Security Authority, Ing. Dušan Navrátil. NSA is the responsible governmental body for building an effective cyber defense legislation and infrastructure in the Czech Republic. NATO was represented by H.E. Mr. Gabor Iklody, Assistant Secretary General for emerging Security Challenges. The Czech Republic become 18th signatory of the MoU. Signing the MoU will enable better participation in NATO´s activities as well as effective coordination of national and Alliance's bodies in case of a major cyber incident.

Conference „Future of Cyber“ confirmed

An agreement between AFCEA International and International Coordination Center of the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference has been officially signed up on 15 of February 2012. Parties commited to carry out their duties to arrange succesful international Conference „Future of Cyber“. The Conference will be held simultaneously with the FSEC 2012 on 17 – 19 October 2012 on PVA EXPO PRAHA, Letňany. The conference will focus on the following topics:

– Future of Cyber
– Cyber versus Legislation & Ethics
– Future Cyber Soldier
– Future Cyber Forces
– Cyber Security: Life Hacking & How to protect ourselves


(from the right side) Mr. Jan Sajdl - General Managing Director of the FSEC, Mr. Petr Jirasek - Member of the Board of Directors, AFCEA International, Mr. Michal Drazdansky – Deputy Project Director of the FSEC and Mr. Pavel Zelenka – Executive Director of the FSEC after signing of the Agreement between the FSEC and AFCEA International.

More information are available here.

Succesful visit of the FSEC team @ IWA

All team of the International Coordination Centre took part at the IWA & OutdoorClassics exhibition in Nurnberg, Germany on 9 – 12 March. During four days they met with large amount of existing and potential exhibitors of the FSEC. The FSEC were part of the Czech Pavillion and its team was providing all information regarding the event as to exhibitors as to visitors.


Meeting of the Czech exhibitors at the IWA & OutdoorClassics 2012. At the head table are Mr. František Kočí – Project Director of the FSEC and Mr. Jíří Vrána – Vicechairman of the Association of Guns and Ammunition Manufacturers and Sellers of the Czech Republic.


The FSEC exposition was part of the stand of the Association of Guns and Ammunition Manufacturers and Sellers at the Czech Pavillion.

Minister of Defence confirmed his auspices

Alexandr Vondra

On 22 December 2011 the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic confirmed his auspices for the Future Soldier 2012 (for more information visit section Concept).

FSEC at EMPA congress

Executive Director Mr. Pavel Zelenka took part at the EMPA congress hosted by the Swiss Army in Lucerne on 26th October 2011. The EMPA (European Military Press Association) provides a forum for military journalists from all over Europe to share and exchange ideas, information on relevant issues. The EMPA has more than 100 members from 22 member countries.



The president was invited to visit the „Future Soldier 2010” last October in Prague, an exhibition & conference for all the needs of the soldier on the ground. Besides exhibiting networking and fostering contacts as well as public relations is the main goal of this event. So the goals of the „Future Soldier” and the EMPA are pretty the same.

Mr. Pavel Zelenka together with the newly elected the EMPA president Mrs. Liga Lakuca signed the contract about the mutual cooperation between the „Future Soldier” and EMPA in terms of sponsorship, marketing and PR.

Mutual contributions
a) „Future Soldier” – The „Future Soldier” will be the main sponsor of the EMPA Congress 2012 as the Congress will be an integral part of the exhibition.
b) EMPA – will support the „Future Soldier” in their marketing efforts by
– encouraging our member papers to promote the „Future Soldier”
– providing information on national armament companies, who might be potential exhibitors
– promoting the „Future Soldier” on the EMPA homepage and in the EMPAnews
– providing the EMPA logo in combination with a specific text for the „Future Soldier” marketing campaign
– attending the „Future Soldier 2012” with 40 to 50 military and military related civilian journalists, who will of course report on the exhibition and the congress in their media.

FSEC visited NATO NAAG LCG/1 w. group



General Manager, Mr. Jan Sajdl together with Executive Director Mr. Pavel Zelenka, participated at NATO NAAG LCG/1 working group (NATO Army Armaments Group Land Capability Group/1 – Dismounted Soldier). During this venue Mr. Zelenka acquainted all WGs members with the new FSE&С 2012 concept. He inter–alia mentioned that Czech Republic guaratnees to the NATO agencies (NAMSA, NC3A) and for the MoD’s of NATO, PfP, MD and ICI countries the built stand of 20 sqm for their own use complimentary.

Participation at DSEi fair in London



The International Coordination Centre representatives of the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference (FSEС) participated at DSEi 2011 held in London from 13th until 16th September 2011. Project Manager Mr. Michal Drazdansky together with Production Manager Ms. Martina Ondkova had opportunity to present the new concept of the FSEС 2012. They explained all details to possible participants of the FSEС as well as to official visitors and VIPs. They spoke inter–alia to the Czech Ambassador to UK – Mr. Michael Žantovsky, to Manager of the Public Relation of the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency – Mrs. Marie Claire Goller, to Senior Contracting Co–ordinator of the NC3A Agency – Mr. Les Hendriks etc.

 

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