Czech Land Forces

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Emblem of the Czech Land Forces

The Czech Land Forces[1] (Czech: Pozemní síly Armády České republiky, literally the "Land Forces of the Army of the Czech Republic") is the land-based military branch of the Army of the Czech Republic. Along with the Air Force the Land Forces encompasses all the operational military units of the Czech Republic. The Land Forces primarily consist of two mechanized brigades equipped with various types of combat vehicles (such as Pandur II or BVP-2) including T-72M4CZ tanks to ensure the execution of different combat operations.[2]

Tasks[edit]

The Czech Land Forces are the biggest and decisive part of the Army of the Czech Republic. In coordination with other services they are organized to defend the national territory. Under a crisis situation and in the event of hostilities they form the core of operation task force of the allied joint force and eventually they are complemented by mobilized units. The Land Forces are also designed for fulfilment of commitment in compliance with the Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and tasks in favour of the state administration authorities.[3]

Current Structure[edit]

OrBat of the Czech Land Forces 2016
  • Ground Forces Command in Prague[4]
    • 103rd CIMIC/PSYOPS Center, in Olomouc
    • 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, in Žatec – cooperating with (not part of)[5][6] the German Army 10th Panzer Division[7]
    • 7th Mechanized Brigade, in Hranice
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, in Hranice
      • 71st Mechanized Battalion, in Hranice (BVP-2)
      • 72nd Mechanized Battalion, in Přáslavice (BVP-2)
      • 73rd Tank Battalion, in Přáslavice (T-72M4CZ)
      • 74th Light Motorized Battalion, in Bučovice
    • 13th Artillery Regiment, in Jince
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, in Jince
      • 131st Artillery Battalion, in Jince (152mm SpGH DANA)
      • 132nd Artillery Battalion, in Jince (152mm SpGH DANA)
      • Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Reconnaissance (STAR) Battery, in Jince (ARTHUR Artillery Tracking Radar)
      • Logistic Company, in Jince
    • 14th Logistic Support Regiment, in Pardubice
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, in Pardubice
      • 141st Supply Battalion, in Pardubice
      • 142nd Maintenance Battalion, in Klatovy
      • 143rd Supply Battalion, in Lipník nad Bečvou
    • 15th Engineer Regiment, in Bechyně
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, in Bechyně
      • 151st Engineer Battalion, in Bechyně
      • 153rd Engineer Battalion, in Olomouc
    • 31st NBC-defence Regiment, in Liberec
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, in Liberec
      • 311th NBC-defence Battalion, in Liberec
      • 312th NBC-defence Battalion, in Liberec
      • 314th Weapons of Mass Destruction Warning Centre, in Hostivice
    • 53rd Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Regiment, in Opava
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, in Opava
      • 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion, in Prostějov
      • 532nd Electronic Warfare Battalion, in Opava
      • ISR Centre, in Opava

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Land Forces". Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Šimůnek, Petr, ed. (July 2015). "Land Forces". The Long Term Perspective For Defence 2030 (PDF). Prague: Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic - Military History Institute (MHI). p. 13. ISBN 978-80-7278-667-1. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Land Forces" (PDF). University of Defence. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Army of the Czech Republic, Structure of Ground forces. Accessed 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ Wirnitzer, Jan (22 February 2017). "Češi čelí ruské propagandě o předání 4. brigády Němcům. Ukázali dohodu" [The Czechs face Russian propaganda about handing over the 4th Brigade to the Germans. They showed an agreement]. iDNES.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Stropnický, Martin. "Ministr Stropnický: Spolupráce armád je základem naší obranyschopnosti" [Minister Stropnicky: Cooperation between the [Czech and German] armed forces is the foundation of our defence]. army.cz. Ministerstvo obrany České republiky. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic deepen defence ties". NATO. NATO. Retrieved 23 May 2017.