Czech Republic

December 2016


The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999. Under the George W. Administration, plans to base ten ground-based interceptors and establish and early detection radar in the Czech Republic, were agreed upon. In 2009 the Obama Administration cancelled the basing of interceptors offered the Czech Republic a new agreement for the basing of only an early detection radar as part of the Administration’s ““Phased Adaptive Approach.”

Air Defense Capabilities in the Czech Republic

System Role Number Deployed Country of Origin
2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful) Road-mobile, short-range air defense Unknown Russia (the Soviet Union) kub
9K33 Osa (SA-8 Gecko) Road-mobile, short-range air defense Unknown Russia (the Soviet Union) romb
9K35 Strela-10 (SA-13 Gopher) Road-mobile, short-range air defense Unknown Russia (the Soviet Union) strela-10
VERA S/M Passive surveillance air radar system (400-500 km range) Two Czech Republic vera-radar-2

Current Developments

In 2011, the Czech Republic refused the offer from the Obama Administration to host the early warning radar system. A former Czech Ambassador to the United States, speaking to NATO defense ministers, described the agreements as a “a consolation prize” and that “our ideas about the future cooperation are more colorful than just a room or two with some screens there,” according the New York Times. US Deputy Secratary of Defense Williams Lynn remarked at the time that the agreement had been “overtaken by events”

In 2014, the Czech Defense Ministry announced plans to acquire five mobile 3D Radiolocators for air defense by 2017. Sensors being considered are the GM200, ELM-2084 MMR, and Giraffe 4A. The country is also looking to acquire modern medium-range air defense systems to accompany its older Soviet-era systems.

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