The NATO International Combat Team under the Czech command is ready to defend Slovakia. Soldiers from five countries scattered near Zvolen successfully completed their final exercises. The unit was created in the spring after the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Its task is to deter the enemy and, in the event of an attack, defend the eastern borders of NATO.




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Combat companies from the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, the United States and the Slovak mortar platoon have been training in Leste under the Czech command since the beginning of June. | Photo: Andreas Gebert | Source: Reuters

The enemy occupied the one-story orange building. Soldiers with routine marks barricaded themselves indoors behind sandbags. The Americans, moving from the landing pad in the nearby forest, will try to retake the area.

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This attack will be in two phases. The first is to engage the enemy with a fire support group whose mission is to destroy key assets and attract their attention. The second group, the strike group, attacks from another direction, penetrates inside and begins to destroy the enemy,” says the spokesperson for the multinational group, Lieutenant-Colonel Jacob Slam, and warns that the sound of gunfire will soon be heard.

Soldiers advance through the smoke curtain, capturing one building after another. The entire space is equipped with speakers to create the atmosphere of the real battlefield. Air support is provided by the Czechoslovak Albatros L-39 trainer aircraft.

They have achieved their goals

More than a thousand soldiers participated in the three-day exercises, including two hundred Slovaks who represented enemy units.

“I can say that the objectives of the exercise have been achieved. The unit will be able to accomplish the tasks assigned to it,” sums up the evaluation team leader, Major General Peter Prochazka.

“From the perspective of my evaluation team, we focused on the command, control and communication system, then populating with people, equipment, materials and planning methods, aligning the unit in terms of planning, leadership and operations management,” explains Procházka.


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Combat companies from the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, the United States and a Slovak mortar platoon have been training in Leste under Czech command since the beginning of June.

The Chief of the Slovak General Staff, General Daniel Zmek, praised the Czech contribution to the multinational unit: “We should be grateful and respect the fact that the Czech Republic accepted the invitation very quickly, participated actively and assumed the role of a leading country.”

The so-called In addition to the ground element, the combat group has air defense forces. These are located at Sliač Airport and consist of the Patriot system of the German and Dutch armies. The strength of the entire group is currently around 1,500 soldiers. Almost a quarter of them are Czechs. Parliament agreed to publish them until the middle of next year.

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