Czech Defence Minister present at US anit-missile system test
Czech Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanová was the first Czech politician to be present at the test of US anti-missile system in the Integration and Operations Centre at Schriever air force base, Colorado Springs. The US missile was launched from Kodiak base in Alaska, falling into the Pacific Ocean several hundred kilometres off the Mexican shore. Also present at the test was the Czech Ambassador to NATO Štefan Fuele, the army chief-of-staff Vlastimil Picek and several Czech journalists.
The US centre is to assess information on the radar base to be built roughly 70 kilometres southwest of Prague. Czech Ambassador to NATO said that it was likely the Czech Republic will have its own representative at the site in connection with a planned US radar base on Czech soil.