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The Airborne Forces have been created, but there is nothing to transport them: problems with air transportation in the Czech army

The Airborne Forces have been created, but there is nothing to transport them: problems with air transportation in the Czech army

LR Defender Cayman of the 43rd Regiment

The Czech command decided to create full-fledged airborne forces as a "third maneuverable force" and for several months now has been building the 43rd regiment on the basis of the former airborne battalion "Chrudim". Prior to this reorganization, this unit was equipped with light assault vehicles (LUV category) LR Defender Cayman (Special Forces drives LR Defender Cowboy).

These are old cars that have already served their time. Especially now we need more technology. In this regard, the need for new LUVs is undeniable.

- noted in the publication CZDefence, referring to the words of Colonel Robert Dziak, who led the new unit.

Considering that “there are not enough heavy helicopters and large transport aircraft in Europe,” the Ministry of Defense decided to limit the mass of new equipment for the airborne regiment to 9,5 tons. For example, the Cayman available in the Czech army weighs about 4 tons, and the Iveco LMV armored vehicles (local designation - LOV 50) - up to 7-8 tons.

Czech partners in NATO offer to replace the Caymans with the purchase of Supacat Jackal, Zetor Gerlach, Oshkosh JLTV armored vehicles, but the country's military transport aviation unable to transport them, since only the military-technical cooperation CASA C-295M / MW is in service in this niche. In the near future, the army will receive Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters, which are purchased primarily for air support of the Airborne Forces.

But they cannot be used to transport combat vehicles of the airborne regiment. The AH-1Z has no such possibility at all, the UH-1Y has insufficient carrying capacity for this, which is only 3 tons on an external sling

- indicated in the publication.

As the author explains, the Mi-17 is the most efficient helicopter in this niche:

The Air Force also has a modernized Mi-171SM. These are reliable and powerful helicopters that will form the backbone of the air transport regiment of the Airborne Forces. However, their carrying capacity on the suspension is 4 tons and they cannot lift promising machines weighing 9,5 tons.

Heavy transport helicopters (CH-47 or CH-53), medium and large military-technical cooperation are available only to a few NATO countries, and then in small numbers. Therefore, "the Czech army will have to rely only on itself when transporting the airborne regiment." But for this it is necessary to solve the problem with the overweight of the vehicle intended for the paratroopers, otherwise they simply will not be transported on anything.
Photos used:
The website of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic

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  1. Myths
    Myths 28 May 2022 11: 23
    I remember the old joke about jumping into the pool, and when they learn to jump, we pour water. Why do the Czechs need the Airborne Forces ?! Distant to Poland or to the west?
    1. Crete 25
      Crete 25 28 May 2022 11: 26
      Well, of course, the Russian Federation, hated by them, has it, and they are worse)))
    2. paul3390
      paul3390 28 May 2022 11: 27
      Or a joke about collectivization in the Jewish Autonomous Region - collective farms have been created, send collective farmers ..
  2. Soldatov V.
    Soldatov V. 28 May 2022 11: 55
    The Czech Republic, and Slovakia are microcountries, and troops can move like Bersaglieri in Italy, running from border to border from breakfast to lunch. Or public transport for an hour. Which country do they want to land on planes? If you come to us, you are welcome to put out the taiga, even if they do a good deed, they don’t even need to be guarded. soldier
    1. bovi
      bovi 28 May 2022 12: 11
      The Airborne Forces are just the accepted form, otherwise they want to have a little MTR like everyone else. But it would be one thing to cultivate anti-terror there, even more so, you can rename it "urban" anti-terror, read about the suppression of uprisings and the cleansing of settlements. But no, we need Alpine divisions, no less.
  3. iouris
    iouris 28 May 2022 11: 57
    These airborne forces can easily be sent to heaven without heavy aircraft. Say how?
    1. Myths
      Myths 28 May 2022 13: 38
      Especially if there is a fair east wind and they are accidentally carried in the wrong direction.
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 28 May 2022 12: 15
    The Airborne Forces have been created, but there is nothing to transport them
    Problem. And so I want to have my own airborne forces and, of course, one of the "best in the world." Another belligerent country towards Russia has appeared in Europe. Previously, they sat quietly, indulged in petty political provocations, but today they want everything to be grown-up. Nothing, as long as they are on foot on the machine and with transport aircraft, there is no need to bother. Or invite the American "Green Berets" to your territory, which will be less troublesome, and most importantly economical. There is no need to teach you to crawl, because the experts themselves in this matter.
  5. bovi
    bovi 28 May 2022 12: 21
    What is the article about, do you understand? In the picture, the UAZ from the Land Rover and the whole story. Well, a pickup truck from Toyota also carries well, time-tested. But why this firing point? Against emigrants, you need flamethrowers and martyrs with shrapnel, as well as searchlights and a good stabilized camera with broadcast on YouTube.
    if without jokes, then the message is generally torn out of some context. the purpose of the message is to tell how ridiculous the Europeans are doing? well .. these predators may have become fat, but they will go berserk as soon as they do so
  6. cat-begemot
    cat-begemot 28 May 2022 14: 49
    With all due respect to the Czechs, they need the airborne forces just like a dog has 5 legs. Another thing is that there are really difficulties with helicopters there, after the Soviet-Russian ones, it turned out to be difficult, expensive and very unusual to switch to Americans. For a different concept of design and application. Plus content and spare parts to be carried across half the globe. In general, everything is sad for the Czech Republic - we create, pay and cry. But, we must really understand that the Eastern European armies, after leaving the Warsaw Pact, alone, without the support of the SA, there are more police forces and are not adapted for a real war.
    1. iouris
      iouris 28 May 2022 18: 20
      Quote: kot-begemot
      airborne they need just like a dog 5 legs

      That's why we need to support.
  7. iouris
    iouris 28 May 2022 15: 04
    VDV is a Czech birth trauma. In August 1968, the Airborne Forces played a role. But that was once. Airborne operations in a real war are almost impossible. Ruled out.
  8. faterdom
    faterdom 28 May 2022 15: 08
    Maybe they have the letter "D" not landing, but sofa?
    1. Zoldat_A
      Zoldat_A 29 May 2022 00: 35
      Quote: faterdom
      Maybe they have the letter "D" not landing, but sofa?

      There is a proposal for the most suitable Czech airborne transport.