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Significant participation by Czech Republic at IDEX 2001

posted on 17/03/2001: 1355 views

The Czech Republic's representation at this year's IDEX 2001is one of the most significant in recent years, and testifies the country's interest in boosting mutual co-operation, according to Vladimir Vidchy, Minister of Defence, Czech Republic.

In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the Czech Minister said that IDEX 2001 exhibition ranks among the most significant defence exhibitions in the world, like the Czech International Defence Industry fair IDET, rated as the biggest in Europe and is to take place this year in May in Brno, Czech Republic. The Defence Minister will head the Czech delegation to IDEX 2001, which opens in Abu Dhabi on March 18.

The delegation includes the Czech Deputy Minister for Economy and the National Armaments Director. While inviting participation at the Czech fair, the Minister pointed out that international fairs of defence and security technology, including special information systems always entail progress in the field of state of the art defence technologies and furnish valuable opportunities for sharing experiences and information on new development trends. "The scope of the Czech companies participation in IDEX 2001, headed by Association of Defence Industry of the Czech Republic testifies the obvious interest in development of our mutual co-operation," the Minister said. He said that his country is looking for broader integration to international co-operation in the field of the global defence industry.

The domestic defence industry is almost fully privately owned and majority of the companies are no longer controlled by state administration, he said. "Undoubtedly, the Czech Republic has got a lot to offer, since our Passive Radar Systems or chemical warfare agents detection equipment are renowned globally. Currently, there is re-arming of our Airforce under way with the Czech manufactured L-159 subsonic combat aircraft. Likewise, the development and prototype trials of T-72 MBT upgraded version were completed.

The T-72 has now achieved the parameters of 3.5 generation tanks (for eg Leclerc or Leopard),” he said. The Czech Minister maintained that the Czech Republic has always supported bilateral and multi-lateral activities aimed at promotion of stability and security in the Gulf region. "The Czech Republic therefore stands for preserving territorial integrity and sovereignty of individual countries in the region within internationally recognised borders,” he said.

The Minister said that his country has expressed concern with some Iraqi leaders' statements impeaching the existing Iraqi border on Kuwait. It also perceives the humanitarian facet of the Iraq situation and supports solving the issues through an efficient application UN vehicles, he said, adding that the Czech Republic does not adhere to military and force measures and prefers political solutions instead. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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