Military Capabilities

Czech Army forms UAV battalion

21 October 2019

The Czech Army will have a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) battalion from the beginning of 2020, which President Miloš Zeman said in a speech to Czech officers on 15 October would be equipped with "not only reconnaissance, but also combat" UAVs.

General Aleš Opata, chief of the general staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic (ACR), added that the Czech Army would like to operate "mini/micro and larger" UAVs in the battalion. "We are preparing the process at the moment and that is why we do not want to reveal everything in a public discussion," Gen Opata said during a press briefing.

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