Czech involvement in AWACS to be discussed by cabinet on Wednesday

The Czech Republic will pay roughly 170 million crowns for the period from 2011 to 2013 for its participation in NATO’s AWACS (or airborne early warning and control system) the Czech news agency reported. The funds will be used in the administrative budget and go towards modernisation of the system, ČTK said, citing Defence Ministry documents. Those are to be discussed by the cabinet in its regular meeting on Wednesday. The Czech Republic joined the project in December of 2010; the country has four representatives involved: a pilot, a navigator, a member of the onboard command centre and a systems operator. Four more Czech soldiers to take part are currently undergoing training.

Author: Jan Velinger