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The twentieth anniversary
edition of NATO Days in
Ostrava & Czech Air Force
Days will be truly unique.
Despite the coronavirus
crisis, the traditional biggest armed forces show
in Europe will offer an
enticing live programme
as a thanks to all those
who protect us.
The programme will be
made available to viewers
via modern technology
to provide the best
As one of only a few events of its type in
Europe, NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech
Air Force Days remain firmly anchored in
the calendar, which has otherwise been thrown into disarray by the coronavirus crisis
and emergency measures taken to prevent
the spread of the disease.
Held on 19th and 20th September at the
Leoš Janáček Airport in Ostrava, the event
will thus offer viewers, albeit remotely, a twoday programme of dynamic demonstrations on the ground and in the air. "After extensive discussions with hygienists and
epidemiologists, we found a way to hold
the event in as authentic a way as possible
while respecting all directives and criteria
to prevent the spread of coronavirus," says
Zbyněk Pavlačík, chairman of Jagello
2000, which organises the event.
The twentieth anniversary edition will
thus be wholly unique in a number of
ways. The programme will focus on dynamic demonstrations as much as possible.
The organisers want these to commemorate several important anniversaries. Aside
from the 75th anniversary of the end of
World War II, these demonstrations are also intended to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the JAS-39 Gripen aircraft in Czech
armed forces. "In addition, we will have
the honour of holding the official thanksgiving to members of the armed forces and
of the integrated emergency service system for their hard work during the coronavirus crisis," Pavlačík adds.
The key mission and purpose of the
event remains unchanged according to
Pavlačík: to show viewers the latest military equipment and the best that the police,
the fire brigade, the ambulance service, customs offices, the prison service and other
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those who protect us
services have at their disposal. However,
the organisers also understand the severity
of the current unprecedented situation.
"Like many other events around the world,
we are unfortunately unable to permit visitors direct access to the event grounds.
We will do the best we can, as technology
allows, to provide viewers with an experience as close to the real thing as possible,"
says Pavlačík. Despite these limitations,
the event will still be the only one of its
kind in Central Europe. As Pavlačík added,
the safety of visitors, participants, co-organisers and partners always was, is and will
be at the top of the priority list.
In addition to the above changes, the
special partner country of the event this
year will be the Czech Republic, not the
originally announced Sweden, which will
assume the role in 2021. Due to the adjustment in format, it is expected that static
displays of equipment will be omitted from
this year's event. The organisers will endeavour to find
suitable alternatives for air forces that
were slated to participate in these displays.
"The current situation also affects the
number of active foreign demonstration
teams participating in the event. Just yesterday, the British Typhoon Display Team
cancelled its plans for the entire season.
However, we are confident that we will be
able to offer the traditional, attractive programme of dynamic air and ground presentations. All information about participants, both Czech and foreign, will be
regularly updated as the situation develops and more information becomes available," concludes Zbyněk Pavlačík.