“Hradba 2018“ at CZ – strategically significant real-life location, real-life deployment. These were the main attributes of an exercise carried out in Uherský Brod by the Active Reserve Force of the Czech Republic Armed Forces.
Between 18th and 20th April 2018, Česká zbrojovka a.s. hosted the Active Reserve Force exercise of the Czech Republic Armed Forces, “Hradba 2018”, at its premises in Uherský Brod. The aim of the exercise was to secure the perimeter and buildings of the company whose role is significant for the defence of the state. The exercise culminated on Friday, 20th April, with a presentation of the Active Reserve Force and its role in the defence of the state in line with the current trends of the Armed Forces in the Czech Republic. A dynamic demonstration of a security incident followed, its purpose being for unauthorised people to try and enter the closely guarded premises. During a simulated assault situation, firearms with blank ammunition with light and sound effects were used.
The exercise took place mostly around the M9 hall and the Havřice reception where people entering the factory had to show their ID cards authorizing them entry to the premises and had to be subjected to physical checks by members of the Active Reserve Force.
Mr. Lubomír Kovařík, the President and Chairman of the Board of CZ stated: “CZ plays a significant role in the defence of our country not only by providing armament for our soldiers and members of other Armed Forces, but we are also strongly committed at a personal level. It is therefore one of our tasks to ensure our Armed Forces have the best conditions to prepare for situations that could be a threat to us all. We allow the Ministry of Defence to carry out training on the premises of our factory so that the soldiers involved can experience a completely realistic scenario. In addition, it is worth mentioning that we also accommodate our employees who are members of the Active Reserve Force themselves. As the only company in the Czech Republic, we pay full wages to our reservists for the duration of their involvement in the Active Reserve Force exercise.”
The Brigadier General and the Director of the Capability Planning Division of the MoD, Jaromír Alan, said: “Currently, there are 2 444 members of the Czech Republic Active Reserve Force, and the interest and numbers have been steadily growing. They are people who are not professional soldiers but are interested in defending our country. Over 1 200 of them from all over the country have taken part in the Hradba 2018 exercise.” The Infantry Company of the Regional Military Headquarters in Zlín had 82 members take part, for 20 of them it was the first time they had deployed on such an exercise.