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Czech elite soldiers may train in Israel

17 May 2013

Prague, May 16 (CTK) - The Czech military is negotiating with its Israeli partners about an exercise of elite soldiers from the special forces seated in Prostejov, south Moravia, that would be held in Israel under the name Sand Dune in the other half of 2013, the Defence Ministry has said.

Fifteen special troops, who were deployed in combat operations against terrorists in Afghanistan should, improve their combat skills in the fights in buildings and built-up areas.

"The plan of the joint training of the Czech military with foreign partners also includes the Sand Dune exercise in Israel," Defence Ministry spokesman Jan Pejsek has told CTK.

The special troops served, for instance, in a foreign mission in Afghanistan from where they returned last year.

Another joint exercise of Czech and Israeli special forces was agreed on by the then defence minister Alexandr Vondra two years ago.

The Czech and Israeli militaries also cooperate in other areas.

In 2008, Israeli soldiers participated in a joint exercise of the Czech helicopter crews. A total of 55 Czech soldiers from the helicopter base in Prerov, north Moravia, were in Israel. They prepared for a mission in Afghanistan.

In 2009, the Czech and Israeli defence ministers signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim to strengthen the cooperation of defence forces.

The document has created a framework for sharing security information, cooperation in research projects in armament and training of both militaries in the other country's territory.

In 2011, the IAI Israeli arm maker delivered the ordered MiniPOP multipurpose observation systems to the Czech military for its Pandur armoured personnel carriers (APC).

The Czech Tatra in the past supplied the Israeli military with lorries.

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