Dnes: Army wastes millions on pilot training

The daily Mladá fronta Dnes reports that the Czech army pays hundreds of millions of crowns per year on overpriced pilot training. According to the paper, the army pays more than a quarter of a billion crowns annually to a state-owned company while private companies offer the same services for six times less. While the defence ministry has agreed that the price is exorbitant, the company in question, LOM, says that one of the reasons for the expense is that the army is unable to say how many pilots are to be trained in coming years and reserve capacities are therefore maintained. The paper writes that the army is unable to substantiate the costs.