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Czech aims for capability refresh

26th November 2015 - 10:23 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg

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New helicopters, radars and armoured vehicles are on the shopping list for the Czech Republic as it hopes to modernise its military.

Defence minister, Martin Stropnitsky, has stated that there is a possibility the defence budget could rise from its current 1% of GDP to higher levels over the coming years.

This is expected to allow the purchase of new equipment, particularly for the Czech Army, which wants to completely replace its old Soviet-era platforms.

‘The service life of Mi-24/35 combat helicopters, which are currently used in the national army, will end during the period of 2016-2018. So we need

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