Philippine officials visit Czech defense industry plants

The Philippine delegation to Czech Republic for the inaugural Joint Defense Committee (JDC) in Prague from May 6 to 9 visited several Czech defense industry manufacturing sites.

Defense Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna headed the delegation and co-chaired the JDC meeting with Czech Defense Vice Minister Jakub Landovský.

“The Inaugural Joint Defense Consultations hosted by the Czech Ministry of Defense included several industry briefing and visits to plants of Czech defense industry such as Aura Company, CZUB, Excalibur Army, Aero Vodochody and SVOS Company. Ambassador [Ombra T.] Jainal  joined most of the industry visits for follow-up action,” the Philippine Embassy in Czech said.

MaxDefense Philippines shared in its social networking page some photos of Philippine delegation’s visit to Excalibur Army.

Moreover, during the JDC meeting, Philippines and Czech discussed prospects of further enhancing bilateral defense cooperation, exchanged information on plans for the development of armed forces, discussed potential joint defense industrial projects, as well as exchanged views on security situation in Europe and Southeast Asia.

The Philippines and Czech signed a Defense Cooperation agreement on May 29, 2017.

It can also be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte said during the presentation of credentials of Czech Republic Ambassador to Philippines Jana Sediva in January that the Philippines is looking into acquiring small-arms from Czech.