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Elite Czech and Polish paratroopers will repeat the combat jump at the Mošnov airport

14.09.2020, 13:36

After last year's successful premiere, spectators of the NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days can once again look forward to a unique mass jump of members of the 43rd Airborne Battalion of the Czech Army and the Polish AGAT special unit.

As in the previous year, fourty Czech and Polish elite paratroopers will conduct the combat jump to the area of Leoš Janáček Airport in Ostrava. Two CASA C-295 aircraft of the Czech and Polish air forces will bring them out for low jump on round parachutes.

"Last year, we welcomed what was the first demonstration of this type at our event and one of the main highlights of the programme. We are so happy to see this organizationally demanding demonstration again, especially in the current circumstances, "comments Zbyněk Pavlačík, Chairman of Jagello 2000. "International dynamic demonstrations of two elite airborne units are something that is really rarely seen."

The 43rd Airborne Battalion of the Army of the Czech Republic is the only unit of this type in our army. The airborne battalion is characterized primarily by its high mobility, thanks to which it can be used in a wide range of operational deployments. The "Forty-Three" is thus one of the backbone units of the Czech expeditionary forces and has participated in KFOR operations in Kosovo and Resolute Support in Afghanistan. At the same time, it is undergoing a significant transformation, because from October, this battalion will become a regiment with more than a thousand soldiers and new armaments, incl. drones.

The Jednotska Wojskowa AGAT is one of the special light units under the Special Forces Command of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, which also includes JW Komandosów or the well-known GROM. Though, this unit was created in 2011, its members have presented themselves four times at NATO Days already. The AGAT special unit, which is located in nearby Gliwice, focuses primarily on diversion operations, which are usually done behind enemy’s lines. For these operations, it is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, in its arsenal we can find, for example, HK 416 assault rifles, Sako TRG sniper rifles, which are also used by intervention units of the Czech Police or Oshkosh M-ATV vehicles.

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