Defence Minister James Cartlidge discussed how the UK defence industry could further support the Czech Armed Forces through defence exports and government-to-government support during a Thursday visit to the International Defence and Securities Technologies Fair (IDET) in Brno.
Czechia is about to complete negotiations to sign a contract with UK-based defence company SUPACAT for 24 High Mobility Transport (HMT) vehicles for their Armed Forces, a press release from the UK Defence Ministry reads.
“We have a strong defence relationship with our Czech counterparts, standing firm against Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine as part of NATO,” said Cartlidge.
“Building on this existing partnership, we remain committed to ensuring we continue to work together, offering the best of British industry to support the military capabilities of our close NATO Ally,” Cartlidge added.
According to the press release, Czech and British soldiers have served side-by-side for over 20 years in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali and elsewhere in Africa, and in NATO.
(Sofia Stuaart Leeson | EURACTIV.com)
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