New armoured troop carriers embark for Afghanistan

The Czech Army began transporting four Pandur II armoured troop carriers to Afghanisatan for use by the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar. Army Chief of Staff Vlastimil Picek told Czech Radio on Sunday that the “Christmas present” would arrive on Monday or Tuesday and that the same plane would bring back four Soviet-made infantry combat vehicles. The deteriorating security situation in the Afghan province has forced the Czech Army away from using Humvees and they current borrow a range of more resilient machines from the United States. A total of 26 Pandur II carriers will be available for the 272-man Logar mission by the spring.