Military Capabilities

New Czech defence minister orders review of defence contracts

22 December 2017

The new Czech defence minister, Karla Slechtova, who was appointed to her post on 13 December, has announced that she will order thorough evaluations of a number of key upcoming procurements for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), contracts for which were prepared but not signed by her predecessor, Martin Stropnicky. Both are members of the ANO party, which won the general elections in late October.

“Of course I intend to have everything fully verified before signing anything,” Slechtova told media on 18 December.

She added that she will seek to familiarise herself with the details of all upcoming large-scale purchases such as the procurement of light multi-purpose helicopters.

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