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Rwanda and Czech Republic sign defence pact including armament, anti-terrorism capabilities and training of soldiers






The Czech government approved on Wednesday the signing of a defence cooperation agreement with Rwanda, which may open Rwanda’s market to Czech armament firms, said the government on its website. The defence agreement also includes cooperation of the training of soldiers and anti-terrorism capabilities, and an exchange of information.


Rwanda proposed to promote cooperation with Czech and to sign an inter-government agreement on defence cooperation at the end of 2013. The Czech Republic and Rwanda established official contacts in the defence field in 2009. Czech Defence Ministry spokesman Jan Pejsek said that the agreement would replace a 2009 memorandum.


The planned agreement provides for “an exchange of defence information and experience in operations, a strengthening of anti-terrorism capabilities, and cooperation in military training and education, in defence research and development and in acquiring defence materiel and services,” said Pejsek.


“The Czech side would benefit mainly in the economic field because the proposed agreement would facilitate its access to Rwanda’s defence market which offers, given the fast development of Rwanda and the security situation in the country, new opportunities to the Czech defence industry,” he said.


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Rwanda military experts visit Pardubice Air Force Base in Czech Republic





 Photos & text ERA Aero


 Official delegation of the Republic of Rwanda visited the ERA headquarters in Pardubice in mid-March. Six officials of Rwanda Armed Forces lead by General Major Frank Mushyo Kamanzi came to Czech Republic to search the possibilities of future cooperation with Czech exporters. On March 18th, after the official program organized by the Ministry of Defence in Prague, they flew by helicopter to Pardubice military airport to held meetings with management of several local companies including Explosia, CLV LOM (centre of aviation training) and ERA Company.


There they were welcomed by Managing Director Viktor Sotona, Operations Director Libor Urban, Sales Manager for African market Marcela Ujcová and military expert for Passive EMS Tracking Libor Slezák. Within the program full of presentations, live demo of ERA systems and guided excursion of ERA premises the Rwanda military experts showed deep interest in the performance and possibilities of PET VERA-NG.


Vera NG : Air defense and passive surveillance are critical elements of today’s military and security operations. VERA-NG by ERA addresses this by providing the most advanced and state-of-the-art Passive Surveillance System designed for detection, location, identification and tracking of air, ground and naval targets.




ERA a.s. is a leading supplier of next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions for the air traffic management, military, security and airport operations markets. With proven multilateration and ADS-B technologies delivering high-performance, high-reliability surveillance solutions, the company has over 100 airport, air traffic management and military customers throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia.



ERA has hundreds of operational sensors deployed, covering the airspace of over 35 different countries around the world. ERA’s investment in research and development and its track record of product innovation has resulted in a substantial patent portfolio. ERA is headquartered in Pardubice, Czech Republic a center of radar and radio history and innovation








Rwanda and Czech Republic to build cooperation in aviation





Picture and text by MININFRA


The Minister of State in Charge of Transport Hon. Dr. Alexis NZAHABWANIMANA met the delegation from the Czech Republic on Thursday December 12, 2013, to discuss the bilateral cooperation in aviation sector.


The delegation highlighted that the Republic of Czech is delighted to cooperate with Rwanda in areas ranging from the capacity building such providing training for pilots, installation of Radar Systems to monitor and navigate the air space, modernization of airport infrastructure, surveillance systems on terminals and runways, calibration of airport instruments and providing technological assistance to aircrafts among other areas of cooperation.


According to Petr Hyl, the Head of delegation, and Advisor to the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Republic appreciated the efforts and progress made by Rwanda towards positioning itself as an aviation hub in the region.


For Rwanda, “the country appreciates and highly welcomes the cooperation as is strongly developing the aviation sector” said the Minister of State Dr. Alexis NZAHABWANIMANA. As way forward, the meeting agreed that the aviation implementing entities in both countries will sit together and advise to both governments on the key areas of cooperation to start with, to speed up the implementation of the cooperation.


This visit follows the one made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to Rwanda in October this year, 2013.



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