ERA will provide an extension of its surveillance system for Jakarta airport in Indonesia


The customer AIRNAV Indonesia has placed its trust in the ERA multilateration systems, ERA (the member of OMNIPOL Group) has recently signed a contract to extend its MLAT system with 12 new ground-based stations for surface guidance of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesian capital Jakarta. 32 ERA multi-sensor surveillance (MSS) GS and 213 pieces of SQUID vehicle tracking units are currently in operation to ensure the safety of the busiest airport in Indonesia.

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The surveillance system need upgrades in order to accommodate the air traffic in Indonesia’s airspace, larger than the airspace in whole Europe. The airport often struggles to accommodate all flights at its current limit of 81 aircraft movements per hour. The extended system will cover the new terminal including buildings and aprons, new East Cross TWY and cargo apron area - in connection to the third runway, which went operational last August.

The ERA surface multilateration solution is capable of addressing the serious risk of runway incursions in critical areas. MSS provides the surveillance of aircraft required for advanced-surface movement guidance and control systems (A-SMGCS) to deliver safe and efficient operations.
ERA experts already carried out the site survey this January, the final round of testing SAT is planned for December 2020.

Eight years ago, the Indonesian airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II awarded the programme for safety to ERA as prime contractor in cooperation with Austrian company Avibit for the A-SMGCS integrating the MSS by ERA network of sensors and SQUID by ERA vehicle tracking units after an international tender. The system has been in successful operation ever since. There are also several other ERA systems functioning in Indonesia, one of them in the city of Medan.

On the Jakarta airport
The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is worldwide ranked no. 18 according to passenger traffic with 67 million passengers and about 500 000 aircraft movements per year. The airport is the main airport serving the greater Jakarta area on the island of Java, Indonesia. The airport is named after the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno, and the first vice-president, Mohammad Hatta. Indonesia with over 250 million in population is the new economic power house in Asia Pacific.

Note for editors:

ERA a.s. is a leading company in multilateration, multistatic surveillance, and reconnaissance technology. Its unrivalled experience in passive surveillance sensor development provides ERA with unique know-how to deliver comprehensive solutions for global markets. We develop, manufacture and implement mission-critical systems for military and civil purposes.

Over the last 2 decades ERA has reached a number of more than 100 installations, deployed in over 60 countries on 5 continents with 24/7 operations fulfilling demanding customer requirements. More important, however, than the given number of references is the experience we have achieved and lessons learned during implementation of our solutions for air traffic control and management.

ERA has developed the unique passive surveillance system VERA-NG that defines new sensor category DPET (Deployable Passive ESM Tracker) tailored for air, maritime and land target surveillance and reconnaissance for defence and electronic warfare purposes.

ERA also made air traffic control history when it deployed the first multilateration system and introduced gate-to-gate surveillance. We intend to continue introducing new technologies to adapt to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

For additional information visit, for more details please do not hesitate to contact:

 Lenka Reichová

 Phone: +420467004120

 Cell +420730190497



President Jiří Podpěra has obtained the Person of the Year 2019 award


Jiří Podpěra, president of OMNIPOL Group, has been awarded the prize Personality of the Year 2019 by the Czech Defence Industry and Security Review magazine for his outstanding results and personal activities in the aerospace, defense and security industries. The achievement was recognized by the journal´s editorial board, when they presented the company with this prestigious award within its annual ceremony held on January 14th, 2020.

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The second flying L-39NG and pre-serial aircraft had its maiden flight


Odolena Voda: On Monday 9th December 2019, the maiden flight of the L-39NG aircraft with MSN 7004 took place at Aero Vodochody. This aircraft will be the first pre-serial aircraft. Aero company pilots Vladimír Továrek and Vytautas Požela flew for 32 minutes.

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Aircraft with MSN 7004 is a second flying L-39NG. “Today, we mark another important milestone of the L-39NG project. The 7004 has joined as planned the 7001 aircraft and the technology demonstrator aircraft (2626) in the flight programme now, so we can speed up the flight-testing according to our plan and get the advanced trainer certification in the third quarter of 2020. I am proud that Aero was able to produce and assemble three prototype aircraft and one pre-serial aircraft in less than 2 years.

“The 7004 is also the first pre-serial aircraft which has been built according to serial aircraft final specification and provides additional opportunities for target customers to testfly and experience the outstanding capabilities, performance and flight characteristics of that next generation training and light attack aircraft. Worthwhile mentioning, that the L-39NG is one of few trainer development programs in the world that will have three aircrafts flying at the same time for flight test and customer demos.” said Dieter John, President & CEO of Aero Vodochody AEROSPACE.

The flight was observed by several guests including representatives of Penta Investment Group, which is 100% shareholder of Aero Vodochody, and management of OMNIPOL company, a strategic partner to Aero Vodochody in the L-39NG project. “The timetable is in line with the established plan, which is essential for us. Today's flight of aircraft 7004 is an important milestone not only for the whole project, but above all for our further dealings with our business partners and potential customers," said Jiří Podpěra, President of OMNIPOL.

Four L-39NGs completed

Aero has until now produced four L-39NG aircraft. Three prototypes – one dedicated to flight tests, one to static tests and one for fatigue tests. The fatigue one has been finished just couple of days ago, the fuselage has already been transported to the VZLÚ (Czech Aerospace Research Centre), the wing should follow in couple of weeks and the testing will start in the beginning of 2020. Static prototype has been passing static testing programme since June 2019 and shall last until mid 2020.

Both flying aircraft, the prototype with MSN 7001 and the pre-serial 7004 aircraft are dedicated to intensive flight tests. Some of the tests are performed also on the technological demonstrator – aircraft with fuselage number 2626, which is former L-39C trainer equipped by new engine, avionics and other modern technologies used in L-39NG. Aero wants to complete certification for the advanced trainer, which will cover also the basic trainer, in the third quarter of 2020. The 7001 aircraft will then continue in certification for light attack aircraft that should be completed in the second half of 2021.

The L-39NG aircraft overview:


Production Serial Number





flight tests, ground vibration tests, weapon tests



static tests



fatigue tests


Pre-serial A/C

flight tests

2626 (fuselage number)

technological demonstrator

flight tests, demonstrator of new technologies


The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective light jet capable to serve in a role of light attack and/or unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39 with optimized features to reduce resistance and increase efficiency and utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. Power is provided by the modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service to ensure unprecedented airworthiness and predictable maintenance costs. The aircraft's avionics are prepared to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer's requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard-points for weapons. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including the integration into high-tech tactical simulation centres with the goal to increase training efficiency. Strategic partner of the L-39NG project is the Czech company OMNIPOL by having 50% of share and financial contribution in the project. For more information, visit


AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design, manufacturing maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies worldwide. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world's air forces and it has a strong position on the market of military training and light combat aircraft.

With a track record of 11.000 aircraft produced over the last 100 years, a broad coverage of 60 military operators and 15 demo teams, a huge existing fleet of L-39 Albatrosses and with a brand new aircraft, the L-39NG now, Aero is maintaining its positioning as a leader in the jet training market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero collaborates with many of the world's largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects.  More recently, Aero became a full partner in several risk-sharing programmes, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.


OMNIPOL is a Prague headquartered investment and trading group with more than eighty-five years of experience in both the domestic international markets. The company provides cutting-edge solutions for the defence and security sectors.

OMNIPOL is the owner of two very well known subsidiaries namely ERA and MESIT. They are both production companies with advanced technologies, which mainly focus on passive systems for monitoring air, land and naval targets, military communications, aircraft instruments and precision engineering production, including its own foundry together with galvanic processes. They also deal with related software products, but also cybersecurity, both for the military and civilian sectors. The entire OMNIPOL Group employs more than 1,400 professionals, of which over 200 employees are involved in research and development of new products.


Tereza Vrublová, spokesperson, +420 734 518 038

Tobiáš Tvrdík, PR manager, +420 731 624 842

MESIT High School has received unique equipment


The most important private secondary school in the Zlín region, focused on technical education, has acquired a significant foreign partner for its further development. Thanks to the joint project MESIT School ver. 4.0 with the Danish foundation T he VELUX Foundations reconstructed its premises and equiped them with a measuring technique, which is absolutely unique in the Zlín region. MESIT High School and educational methods will undergo the transformation.

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The MESIT School ver. 4.0 project is intended to prepare MESIT high school graduates for dynamically evolving labour market conditions, where the elements of robotization and digitalisation of industry are increasingly being promoted.

 "In the education of our own specialists we see the future of all the companies of the MESIT group. We have also focused more on the company school project last year, through which we want to attract the young generation to technical disciplines with high added value, " says Michal Hon, chairman of the Board of Directors MESIT.

Thanks to the equipment of two new classrooms, e.g. The last generation 3D measuring laser scanner and automation and robotization systems, the school in the Zlín region's secondary system is unique.

"We consider measurement and control to be one of the most important skills that a future successful worker should cope with. We want our students to control the work with both classic measuring tools and the latest technology. We will make it easier for them to transition from school benches to working life and at the same time we supply companies of the MESIT group and other companies in the region fully skilled workers, "adds to the project plan MESIT School ver. 4.0 Director MESIT High School František Mikulášek.


ERA is completing the extension of its surface guidance system at Barajas Airport in Madrid


ERA (a member of OMNIPOL group) has recently signed a contract for Spanish ANS ENAIRE through the company SEAIRTECH and begun completing the extension of its surface guidance system at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport in Spain. The net of 46 upgraded surveillance ground-based stations is supposed to go operational next year.

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In 2006, the Spanish civil aviation authority AENA awarded the safety programme for the capital’s airport to ERA company after an international tender, which then installed the network of multilateration sensors and SQUID with ERA vehicle tracking units. Since this time AENA has placed its trust in ERA several more times and ERA MLAT systems have been in successful operations at three other Spanish airports: Asturias Airport, Palma de Mallorca Airport and Tenerife North Airport on the Canary Islands.

ENAIRE currently requires improved airport surface surveillance in order to maintain a high level of safety for airport operations and reduce the risk of runway incursions. It must ensure a single-view of aircraft and vehicle movements over the complete surface coverage as backup in case of Tower management inability.

In order to meet the demands, ERA will upgrade HW and SW of its mature multi-sensor (composite MLAT and ADS-B) system, compliant with EUROCONTROL and ICAO requirements, as well as relocate several ground stations and add two central processing stations. The multilateration system will use a brand new measuring unit for its central time synchronization. The system is now undergoing Factory Acceptance Tests and will be ready for SAT in spring 2020.

The solution fused the highly accurate positional data from ERA’s ground-based stations and vehicle tracking units (131 pieces in operation at present with more coming) into one consistent traffic presentation.

ERA will also supply 113 new SQUID units serving as squitter beacons, all together to Madrid Barajas and other airports in Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona and Asturias.

On Madrid Barajas Airport

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport is the second largest airport in Europe, in terms of physical size, behind Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. In 2018, 57.9 million passengers used Madrid–Barajas, making it the country's largest and busiest airport and Europe's sixth busiest. The airport has five passenger terminals, serves as the gateway to the Iberian Peninsula and is a particularly key link between Europe and Latin America. The airport’s original name derives from the adjacent district of Barajas and was renamed in 2014 after former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez in recognition of Suárez's role in the restoration of democracy after the Franco era.

Note for editors:

ERA a.s. (a member of OMNIPOL group) is a leading company in multilateration, multistatic surveillance, and reconnaissance technology. Its unrivalled experience in passive surveillance sensor development provides ERA with unique know-how to deliver comprehensive solutions for global markets. We develop, manufacture and implement mission-critical systems for military and civil purposes.

Over the last 2 decades ERA has reached a number of more than 100 installations, deployed in over 60 countries on 5 continents with 24/7 operations fulfilling demanding customer requirements. More important, however, than the given number of references is the experience we have achieved and lessons learned during implementation of our solutions for air traffic control and management.

ERA has developed the unique passive surveillance system VERA-NG that defines new sensor category DPET (Deployable Passive ESM Tracker) tailored for air, maritime and land target surveillance and reconnaissance for defence and electronic warfare purposes.

ERA also made air traffic control history when it deployed the first multilateration system and introduced gate-to-gate surveillance. We intend to continue introducing new technologies to adapt to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

For additional information visit, for more details please do not hesitate to contact:

 Lenka Stejskalová Reichová

 Phone: +420467004120

 Cell +420730190497

Users of the L-39 aircraft came to Bratislava


The Representatives of fourteen States from three different continents, whose armies have experience in the operation of legendary Czechoslovak L-39 training aircraft Albatros, have gathered at the fourth Conference of users of these machines. The event that took place from 8. till 10. October and was organized by OMNIPOL together with AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE.

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This event, whose main goal was mutual sharing of experience, followed the previous three years and this year was first held in Slovakia. 

Fourteen countries also joined the representatives of the American Society GENESYS, Williams International, the Latvian aerobatic group Baltic Bees Jet Team and Skyline Aviation from Holland.

The entire conference started with Tuesday's Ice Breaker, followed by two days of military and civilian lectures and presentations, as well as informal seating.  

For all, the biggest sensation was the L-39NG which historically first crossed the borders of the Czech Republic and the conference participants could see the aircraft while visiting the Sliač air base. On-site was also test pilot David Jahoda, whose (whom?) presentation impressed everyone.  

Annual plaque from the hands of the presidents Jiri Podpera (OMNIPOL), Dieter John (AERO Vodochody) and Commander of the 21st Tactical Air Force Base, Col. Petr Tomanek were hand over on Thursday’s ceremony and it was a pleasant end of really successful conference, especially from the view of the participants.


OMNIPOL, ERA and MESIT presented their news on NATO days in Ostrava


On the third weekend of September, OMNIPOL, together with its subsidiaries ERA and MESIT, presented at NATO Days in Ostrava as the main partners of the largest show of military technology for the public in Europe.

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OMNIPOL, ERA and MESIT had on NATO Days their own background in the VIP zone, where they presented key services and products from their portfolio. A great adventure for the guests was a public demonstration of the aircraft L-39NG. ERA presented the ERIS Airport systém, MESIT the newly formed company DICOM. Our stand was visited by many foreign and domestic delegations.

Already the 19th annual NATO days and 10th Air Force of the ACR was held at the Leoše Janáček Airport in Ostrava-Mošnov and the number of visitors crossed the border of 220 thousand.


MESIT and Rohde & Schwarz form DICOM


Rohde & Schwarz and MESIT established a new joint venture to further develop the SOVERON product portfolio for secure armed forces communications.

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Rohde & Schwarz and MESIT have jointly established a new joint venture (JV) with MESIT as the majority shareholder. The strategic purpose is to further enhance the trusted, interoperable SOVERON communications system. SOVERON stands for fully integrated, high-performance and scalable trusted communications solutions for all branches of the armed forces. SOVERON strengthens the customers’ digital sovereignty and gives them the greatest possible independence from manufacturers.

The JV is named DICOM, s.r.o. and has commercial operations in Uherské Hradiště in the Czech Republic. DICOM will eventually employ 50 professionals and be active as an advanced research & development (R&D) undertaking. It will initially focus on the new SOVERON lightweight handheld software-defined radio (SDR) with networking and multiband capability in the UHF/VHF frequency range.

“We are delighted with this joint investment. The creation of DICOM allows both partner companies to accelerate the development and production of the SOVERON portfolio of products. With this JV, the Czech Republic becomes the fourth country in the world where Rohde & Schwarz has full presence in sales, service (Prague), manufacturing (Vimperk) and R&D (Uherské Hradiště),” Pavel Salanda, Managing Director DICOM, explains.

 “MESIT and Rohde & Schwarz have already successfully co-operated in the past. Now we are taking the next logical step by joining R&D forces to take full advantage of our joint capacities. Together we will be able to successfully address new markets,” Igor Gerek, Managing Director DICOM and Deputy Charmain of the Board of MESIT, continues. 

“Rohde & Schwarz cutting edge solutions are in operation with many defense forces around the world. We are looking forward to expanding our presence in the Czech Republic. This new JV will create new technological advances, allowing us to provide digital sovereignty to our customers,” Bosco Novak, Executive Vice President, Secure Communications Division, Rohde & Schwarz, concludes.


OMNIPOL at the International Fair IDET celebrates it´s 85th anniversary and presents current and new business partners


Prague, May 30, 2019 - At this year's international Fair IDET in Brno, Czech Republic, OMNIPOL is celebrating 85 years of operation on the Czech and international markets, and presenting existing and new business partners. Together with it´s subsidiaries ERA, MESIT and new business partner SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc., will present not only top defence and security technologies, but also a new concept of 5G networks.

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"Since the last IDET exhibition in 2017, we have implemented our concept of transformation of OMNIPOL into the commercial investment group. I am glad that OMNIPOL's new vision is gradually fulfilling its potential. The proof is our acquisitions and projects not only in the Czech aerospace industry, which we support, and which at this year's fair on the occasion of our 85th anniversary together, " said Jiří Podpěra, president of the OMNIPOL Group.

During IDET, OMNIPOL is presenting a new business partner, SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc. Currently, OMNIPOL and Samsung are negotiating a partnership in 5G network projects in selected countries.

The 5G network (next generation network) will be implemented at frequencies different than all present networks and it will also ensure higher capacities.

ERA will demonstrate the VERA-NG simulator on the OMNIPOL stand. The simulator is the concept of a team of ERA developers. A new simulator for passive surveillance systems is a means of military reconnaissance in the field of electronic warfare. It will significantly reduce the time that is normally practiced by the VERA-NG operators. 

For the first time at IDET OMNIPOL is exhibiting with it´s subsidiary MESIT, which is part of the OMNIPOL group since April 2018. MESIT group has more than 60 years of tradition aeronautical industry,engineering and electrotechnical fields. 

OMNIPOL experts will also present the L-39NG project. OMNIPOL is, together with AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE 50% owner of the project. The L-39NG aircraft first flew last December and is now successfully undergoing a certification process.

The IDET fair is the most important exhibition of military technology in the Czech Republic. It takes place every two years at the exhibition centre in Brno, this year from 29 till 31 May. OMNIPOL, together with the subsidiaries of ERA, MESIT and business partner SAMSUNG, is presenting in Pavilion P at Booth 104. 

ERA presented its latest novelty ERIS at the World ATM Congress in Madrid


ERA Company (a member of OMNIPOL group), along with its subsidiary R-SYS, exhibited its tried and tested technologies for aircraft surveillance and air traffic management (ATM) and their innovations at the World ATM Congress held at IFEMA trade-park in Madrid, Spain, on 12-14 March 2019. The main highlight of the joint ERA and R-SYS presentation at the ERA stand was ERIS-A, the new ATM and ATC system for ground surveillance and control at medium-sized and regional airports.

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The ERA and R-SYS experts also presented this brand new ATM software in a lecture “ERIS-A as a Common Ground Alternative Surveillance and Control System” as part of the conference programme.

ERIS represents a product family of Air Traffic Management systems designed for Air Traffic Control and flight planning of civil and military operations. ERIS is based on a modern sophisticated and modular design that has been developed in compliance with ICAO and EUROCONTROL standards. ERIS’s modular architecture and scalability enable individual and optimal site-specific tailoring and easy integration into various ATC environments. ERIS in conjunction with ERA´s NEO multi-sensor surveillance system represent the complex solution for ATC controllers.

The newly introduced ERIS system, depending on ATC operations, is provided as: ERIS-ATM - a solution for Approach Control Service (APP) or Area Control Service (ACC) ERIS-A - alternative surveillance system and ATC/ATM solution for TWR

The system is designed for 24/7 continuous operation with its configuration depending on the given use case. The key features include Multi-sensor Data Fusion, Flight Data Processing, Safety Nets, Integrated Situational Data Presentation, Complex Supervision and Monitoring, and Recording and Analysis tools. The use cases of ERIS range from a solution on ACC or APP level to a Common Ground Surveillance System (CGSS) for medium-sized and regional airports.

The World ATM congress now in its seventh year, is the world’s largest international ATM exhibition and conference that brings together the world’s leading product developers, experts, stakeholders and air navigation service providers (ANSPs). This event is co-organized by CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation) and ATCA (Air Traffic Control Association).This year there were more than 240 exhibitors and over 8,500 registrants from 136 countries.

Celebrating 20 years of membership of the Czech Republic in NATO


On February 26, Ambassador Jaroslav Knot at the Embassy in Norway celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic's NATO membership.

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The event was organized by Brig. gen. Ing. Libor Štefánik. After the opening speech of Ambassador JUDr. Jaroslav Knot, who emphasized the importance and contribution of NATO membership for the Czech Republic. Together with L. Štefánik, they reflected on the Czech Republic admission in to NATO Ing. Bohuslav Dvořák and Ing. Miroslav Žižka. The celebration of the 20-year jubilee was attended by military members of NATO member states, in particular the USA, Sweden, Finland, Poland and Turkey, accredited in Oslo, and selected representatives of the diplomatic corps. The Norwegian Ministry of Defense represented the Delegate of Protocol.



OMNIPOL participated in the IDEX Defense Technology Fair in the Emirates


OMNIPOL, together with its subsidiaries ERA and MESIT, exhibited at the International Defense Technology Fair in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, on February 17-21. The event took place at the modern ADNEC Exhibition Center. The opening ceremony of the OMNIPOL Group took place, with the participation of Defense Minister Lubomír Metnar and his delegation.

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At the fair, besides our most important products such as VERA-NG and L-39NG, we introduced the new ERA training platform VERA-NG. This real-life simulator is a means of ensuring the effective training of electronic combat specialists, which significantly reduces the amount of time that operator training normally takes place. MESIT has presented its systems of tactical communication, ERA-BHC has familiarized the professional public with the "Cyber Hygiene" platform.

During the five exhibition days, representatives of companies, together with Defense Minister Metnar, welcomed a number of national delegations at the official booth of the Czech Republic. Among the prestigious guets were, for example, UAE Defense Minister Mohammed Ahmad Al Bowardi and Slovak Defense Minister Peter Gajdoš.

Jiri Hynek, president of the Defense and Security Industry Association, signed a memorandum of understanding with his South Korean counterpart, Kim Young Ho, a mutual agreement between the associations of the two countries.

The IDEX Exhibition is a respected defense industry event in the region, which has the goal to presenting the latest technology for land, naval and air defense. This year it was attended by about 1200 companies from more than 50 countries. Part of the program was also a military show, including demonstrations of anti-terrorist actions, tank maneuvers and fighter jets.


OMNIPOL, ERA and MESIT are the main partners of NATO Days in Ostrava


On the third weekend of September, OMNIPOL, together with its subsidiaries ERA and MESIT, will be presenting at NATO Days in Ostrava as the main partners of the largest show of military technology for the public in Europe. The four-party co-operation agreement was signed on February 19 at the IDEX Fair held in Abu Dhabi.

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The 19th Annual NATO Days in Ostrava will be along side with the 10th Annual Air Force Days. Visitors can visit from September 20 to 21 at Leoš Janáček Airport in Ostrava-Mošnov. The main organizer of the event, who enjoys 200,000+ visitors every year, Jagello 2000, promises a rich program for the public. A wide range of resources and capacities of the Czech Republic and its allies in defense technology over two days will be displayed under one roof.. OMNIPOL and the two subsidiaries will have their own background at the event where they will present their products and services. The days of NATO will present on a small area other unseen equipment of soldiers, policemen, firefighters, customs officers or prison services. The main program consists of army presentations, police, rescue workers, special units, aviation, and their equipment. On this occasion, VIP´s of the companies such as Škoda, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, LOM PRAHA, Bell Helicopter and others will showcase their products used by these organizations. The guests in attendance include members of the Czech government, representatives of NATO and the European Union, ambassadors and military deputies from the Czech Republic and from abroad.

The subsidiary MESIT has a new CEO


At the beginning of February, a new CEO of MESIT was elected, Ing. Viliam Dubovicky, who has many years of experience in engineering and armaments management not only in the Czech Republic but also in Slovakia. He has replaced Ing. Vladislav Mazurek, Ph.D.

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Video: The new Czech L-39NG made its first flight


Full video from first flight of L-39NG

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The new Czech L-39NG made its first flight


The first pre-serial L-39NG trainer and light attack aircraft with serial number 7001 made its first flight on 22 December 2018, at Aero Vodochody Airport. The new generation of the Czech jet trainer was piloted by Aero’s test pilots David Jahoda and Vladimír Továrek. At 10:38am, the aircraft took off from the runway, climbed up to 5,000 ft. and after 30 minutes successfully landed at Aero Vodochody.

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ERA became the host of the ICAS workshop in Prague


ERA became the host of the ICAS workshop in Prague The 46th meeting of the ICAS group (International Cooperation on Airport Surveillance) was hosted by ERA company in Prague at the end of October. 48 ICAS member representatives participated in the workshop in total and presented their experience and new projects, including several ERA multilateration specialists.

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The ICAS organization aims at providing a forum for industrial professionals in surveillance technologies from all over the world. It brings together project managers, engineers and air traffic and apron controllers to meet and discuss A-SMGCS issues. They exchange their experience with different technologies, procedures and infrastructural constraints.

ERA (a member of the OMNIPOL group) as a major player in the community of surveillance system developers, not only hosted the event but also sent several of its experts including Jakub Thomas, the head of ERA Sales, and Marek Náhlík from ERA’s Slovak subsidiary R-SYS, who lectured on ERIS by ERA – the system for ASMGC-S for medium size airports.

The participants appreciated both ERA’s hospitality and the magnificence of Prague itself: “The organization process was smooth and professional. Everything was conveniently in walking distance,“ said Péter Szalóky, ATM Consultant of Hungarocontrol and ICAS conference chairman. Apart from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, the participants were from 18 other countries: Poland, Germany, Canada, Egypt, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Malaysia, USA, Scandinavian countries, the Baltic states, etc.

A major part of the second day program involved a professional tour to Prague airport kindly provided by the Czech ANSP. The visitors had the possibility to visit the Control Tower, test TWR and Technical Room for a close look at the technologies and procedures used by Czech ATM controllers.

ICAS working groups meetings have been taking place three times a year. Surveillance experts of ERA frequently contribute and provide professional support to ICAS, but for the first time ERA proudly hosted its workshop in its brand new branch office in the Prague city centre.


ICAS is a group of Airports, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Eurocontrol. The scope of the ICAS group is to support them and other organizations in the implementation, integration and exploitation of airport surveillance systems in an airport environment, covering all phases of ground movement. The group also dialogues with the regulatory authorities, R&D institutes and the industry. This makes ICAS the largest know-how pool of operating A-SMGCS worldwide. Currently, the representatives from 45 ANSPs, EUROCONTROL and Airport Authorities are ICAS members, covering 31 countries.



OMNIPOL, ERA and MESIT exhibited at Indodefence fair in Jakarta


The Indodefence EXPO & FORUM 2018 - the Indonesia’s Tri-Service Defence exhibition took place at Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, Indonesia on 7 – 10 November 2018. OMNIPOL participated in the exhibition as part of the official Czech exhibition with its its subsidiaries ERA and MESIT.

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ERA introduced its unique passive surveillance system VERA-NG to a number of distinguished visitors including the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic, who stopped by the Czech stand in order to learn about the passive systems by ERA. Representatives of OMNIPOL and ERA had also the opportunity to conduct negotiations with several other national delegations.

The accompanying program consisted of conferences with aerospace professionals, which were focused on air space safety as novelties in the aviation and maritime industries. The 8th edition of Indodefence is focused event covering the complete spectrum of this sector, which includes airborne, land based & sea based platforms systems & equipment; command, control, communication & information. Indodefence aerospace, helicopter and maritime fair happens biannually. The largest event in the Asia-Pacific region attracted this year over 25,000 visitors and more than 850 exhibitors from 55 countries. There were 22 pavilions from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America etc. Remarkable companies such Lockheed Martin, Terma and Harris had their own stands.


L-39 NG Avionics systems


Video about L-39NG avionics systems.

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The new Czech jet aircraft L-39NG rolled out from the hangar to become the future reference for military pilots training


On Friday 12th October 2018, at 11:50, the first L-39NG pre-series aircraft rolled out from the hangar at AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, the leading Czech aerospace company. This significant milestone has been achieved in line with the L-39NG project schedule and Aero is now going to prepare the aircraft for its maiden flight planned before the end of this year.

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The rollout event was attended, among others, by military officials from a number of nations, L-39NG customers, together with political and diplomatic delegations including the highest Czech political representative, the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. “Aeronautics has always been strong tradition in the Czech Republic. The L-39NG project is demonstrating that industrial capabilities are still present in the Czech Republic. It is important that the Government supports this project, which will contribute to Czech export by high technological value. It strengthens competitiveness of Czech industry,” said Andrej Babiš, Czech Prime Minister.

Aero Vodochody is a company with historically the biggest production of light jets in Europe and one of the biggest in the World (total production of 6,700 jets). However, it has been more than 20 years since a brand new jet aircraft rolled out from the hangar. "When we bought Aero in 2006, the company was in a very bad shape, the development of our own aircraft was not realistic. We have set up a strategy where Aero has become a major subcontractor for Tier 1 aerospace companies. Nevertheless, at the same time we have kept the key people from the development team in order to maintain our know-how. Today, it is evident, that we have made a right decision,” said Marek Dospiva, partner of Penta Investments.

Since 2016, Aero has a strategic plan to reinforce its position as a leading producer of jet trainer and light attack aircraft. The next generation of the legendary L-39, the L-39NG, represents the key asset to achieve this target. “The L-39NG is defining the future of Czech aviation by taking the best from its tradition, bringing modern technology, and providing the best training and light attack solution available on the market. The L-39NG is already attracting a lot of international attention and customers and will definitely strengthen the customer community we already have,” said Giuseppe Giordo, President and CEO of Aero Vodochody.

The project of the new jet trainer is supported by the strategic partner, Czech military company Omnipol, “Today´s rollout is a major milestone for the L-39NG. Omnipol very proudly joined the L-39NG Project in the June of 2015 as the strategic partner and equal co-investor alongside our colleagues from Aero Vodochody.” said Jiří Podpěra, President of Omnipol.

The L-39NG is a jet trainer and light attack cost effective platform.  The L-39NG is a single-engine two-seater with staggered seating and an advanced cockpit design that includes full glass cockpit, a sophisticated on board virtual training system and a Helmet Mounted Display. The L-39NG is a key component of an innovative training concept developed by Aero that includes state-of-the-art ground-based training devices, new learning methods and environment and extensive use of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence technologies. The L-39NG has been designed as a maintenance-friendly aircraft in anticipation of many decades of service.

The development of the L-39NG has accelerated in the last two years in order to be able to deliver the first aircraft to the market in 2020. In 2017, the initial pre-serial production and the industrialization phase started including agreements with all key suppliers and partners of the project – both international and Czech companies (about 40 Czech suppliers). The certification of the new avionics and engine installation was already done on the end of 2017, while the certification of the L-39NG will be fully achieved before the end of 2019.

Aero Vodochody estimates the potential demand in the next 10–15 years for trainer aircraft will be up to 3,000 pieces. Current training fleets around the world are rapidly ending their lifetime and do not respond to the future needs of pilots training for the 4th and 5th generation fighters. In conservative scenario, Aero expects to deliver 150 aircraft in the next 10 years.

Before the L-39NG rollout, representatives of 18 states where air forces have experience in operating legendary L-39 jet trainers met on the 3rd  L-39 Users’ Group Conference. Most of the attendees of the conference took this occasion to see the next generation of the aircraft based on the successful training platform on the rollout ceremony.


Jiří Podpěra, President of OMNIPOL and L-39NG



The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective trainer designed as a unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. Power is provided by the modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service to ensure unprecedented airworthiness and predictable maintenance costs. The aircraft's avionics are prepared to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer's requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard-points for weapons. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including the integration into high-tech tactical simulation centres with the goal to increase training efficiency. Strategic partner of the L-39NG project is Czech company Omnipol. For more information, visit


AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design and manufacturing of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies worldwide. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world's air forces and it has a strong position on the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With a huge existing fleet of L-39 and with a brand new aircraft, L-39NG, Aero is positioning itself as a leader in the jet training market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners with many of the world's largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects.  More recently, Aero became a full partner in several risk-sharing programs, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.


Since 1934, OMNIPOL, a.s. has been a reliable global systems integrator and supplier of military, security and aviation systems. In addition to aviation technology and aviation training systems, Omnipol’s primary focus is on defence and security electronics. Omnipol initiated a new phase of its development when it purchased ERA, a.s., creating the conditions for the rapid development of a new generation of unique passive (invisible) tracking and recognition systems called VERA-NG. The system is complemented by other types of passive systems (such as SDD) and thereby offers a comprehensive solution for the monitoring of air, sea and land space on the principle of “seeing without being seen”. Omnipol is also a supplier of technological production units and services for both the defence and food industries.


ERA won another tender and will install its system at the Warsaw airport in Poland


ERA (a member of OMNIPOL group) announces another significant contract award in Europe (effective 24 July 2018) for the supplying, installation and commissioning of a surface multilateration system to the international Warsaw Chopin Airport in the Polish capital.

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ERA, teamed-up with the local company GISS Sp. z o.o. and ERA-GISS consortium, was selected by Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) as the winner in an international competitive tender. The proposed surface multilateration system will be implemented as part of the Advanced Surface Monitoring and Guidance System for Warsaw Chopin Airport and will significantly contribute to surveillance enhancement of the airport and increasing the safety of ATC operations.

ERA has attained its 30th airport reference in Europe by signing this important contract. Our strong position in Europe helps promote ERA´s technologies in other global markets, since ATM standardization and legislation is defined by organizations within the EU,” stated Jakub Thomas, Head of Sales at ERA. He added:” I am happy to see ERA´s continuously increasing customer base as well as the expanding product portfolio for the ATM segment.”

ERA-GISS consortium will deliver certified mature system NEO, the enhanced version of the multisensory surveillance system tried and tested by dozens of installations. This multi-solution system (MLAT, WAM, ADS-B, PRM, HMU) has a robust system design, enhanced signal detection, reduced power consumption and is international standards compliant.

On Warsaw airport

Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (formerly known as Warsaw-Okecie Airport and renamed after the Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin in 2001) is an international airport located in the Włochy district of Warsaw. As Poland's largest and busiest airport, Warsaw Chopin handles 40% of the country's air passenger traffic, approximately 300 scheduled flights daily and an ever-rising number of charters. With its 16 million passengers in 2017, the airport is the busiest one in the newer EU member states.



Era will introduce the passive multi-static radar SICORRA during NATO Days


ERA, together with its parent company OMNIPOL, will proudly demonstrate the latest results of its research and development program at Ostrava's Leoš Janáček Airport this year. The second weekend of September will be a public display of airspace monitoring systems – specifically, the passive multistage SICORRA radar.

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This system is a development stage step forward of MSPSR (MultiStatic Primary Tracking Radar) technology, which was introduced for the first time in 2013 by the Demonstrator Silent Guardian.

 "Since then, the ERA development team has gained a lot of experience during a series of campaigns and military exercises, helping to come up with an even more advanced solution that the company now introduces under the name of SICORRA. I am convinced that this technology, combined with our other multilateral systems, such as VERA-NG, represents the future for airspace monitoring, "said ERA CEO Viktor Sotona.

Like a primary active radar, SICORRA's passive radar uses signals scattered by the reflection of targets, enabling it to accurately find and monitor even those who do don’t transmit anything. When compared with a classic radar; a reflection of its own transmitted signal is not required, instead, it just has to "parasite" the signals present within the environment, thus being completely passive and undetectable. This system, which has been developed by ERA, is based on commercial FM radio broadcast terrestrial broadcasting.

 "The OMNIPOL Group has been supporting the research and development activities in the field of hi-tech defense technologies in the Czech Republic, particularly in the field of electronics. This further successful move by our subsidiary in the field of radar technology only confirms that we are going in the right direction. I believe that the new system is capable of becoming a valid part of the radar network for an overview of the situation in the airspace and hence the air defense, "said OMNIPOL President Jiří Podpěra.


Farnborough, the largest airshow in Europe

The most prestigious aviation show of the year, and held alternately in England and France. The exhibition welcomed its visitors from the 16th to the 22nd of July at Farnborough Airport in the English County of Hampshire.

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OMNIPOL attended this spectacular event and were represented by Jiri Podpera and Milan Faltus, who met with business partners and also visited the stand of our daughter company MESIT. AERO Vodochody were also present, and proudly demonstrated the L-39NG simulator from the VR Group.

Aero Vodochody organized two pivotal press conferences during the exhibition. The first media meeting highlighted the signing of agreements between two new foreign clients, in connection with the supply of the new training aircrafts L-39NG and L-39CW. After the first four light version L-39NG aircrafts were sold to Senegal.

Additional customers that followed were SkyTech, a Portuguese company as well as US RSW Aviation. The SkyTech Leasing Company opted to purchase 10 L-39NG exercise planes with the option of adding another 6 to their fleet. These will then be used for the purposes of rental or direct sale. The private company RSW, which provides services to armed forces, has signed an agreement to supply 12 L-39NG aircraft and further modernize 6 existing L-39CW aircraft. The visible interest shown by clients clearly highlights the fact that the L-39NG is of great value and merit.

On Wednesday July the 18th the second press conference was held. The main purpose of the presentation was to present a new version of the L-159, the L-259 FA Striker.

The popularity of this giant international aviation and defense showcase is aptly proven by this year's attendance of more than 1,500 exhibitors.


OMNIPOL presented at the Žofínské Fórum

Already 222. Žofinske forum, a regular meeting of important personalities, took place on 28 June. The title of the event was “The Czech Republic army, its modernization and the role of our arms industry within the security situation in the world.”

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Current issues of the army were discussed by main industry leaders. Genmjr. Bohuslav Dvořák alongside with Gen. Aleš Opata introduced to audience PESCO projects (Permanent Structured Cooperation) with their presentation.

Chief of Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, the new Minister of Defense Lubomír Metnar, Jiří Hynek, the President of the Defense and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic, Daniel Kostoval, Deputy Minister of Armaments and other guests, discussed with selected listeners.

The key topics of the meeting included, for example, Public Procurement in the Arms Industry, Contract Financing or International Cooperation, the role of our soldiers in foreign missions and the possibility of supporting the Czech defense and security industry in the framework of European defense projects.





OMNIPOL promoted its portfolio of defence products at Eurosatory in Paris


Last week OMNIPOL took part in the defence and security exhibition Eurosatory held at the international exhibition and conference centre in Paris on June, 11th to 15th. ERA Company exhibited its military solutions as part of the joined exhibiting stand of the Czech official delegation. The boost of the Czech Republic´s defence industry accented the 100th anniversary of the founding of the state.

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OMNIPOL along with its subsidiary companies ERA and MESIT presented the last generation of PET system VERA-NG and its training simulator along with L-39 training fighter by Aero Vodochody to many delegations of army specialists. The presentation was focused on VERA´s benefits for Electronic warfare.

Eurosatory brings together the entire defence and security industry to source the latest equipment and systems and generate new business opportunities. This year's exhibition brought together over 1,802 exhibitors from 63 countries, 57,056 visitors from 153 countries and 227 official delegations from 94 countries. 

The number of new products unveiled for the first time at the Eurosatory trade fair was already very important in 2016 and it progressed significantly in 2018. The field of security is now a full component of Eurosatory alongside the defence sector. The duality of technologies on many stands and the opening of a new hall mainly dedicated to this field, attest the growing importance of security issues.


ERA obtained Chinese Permit Certificate as the only foreign manufacturer of multilateration based systems


ERA (a member of OMNIPOL group) is pleased to announce that CAAC China has issued the Permit Certificate which makes the company the only manufacturer with permission to deliver all airport surface, TMA and WAM surveillance systems and in addition vehicle tracking systems to Chinese ANS authorities.

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Chinese CAAC has extremely straightforward regulations on what aviation systems can be used at any Chinese airport, stated by a strict process of certification. Only the leading technologies in the world are invited to apply for the Permit Certificate testing and only systems with a Permit Certificate are allowed to be delivered and installed in the country. ERA obtained this certificate at the end of April 2018.

The testing itself was very complicated and sophisticated. The entire process has been managed and approved by a committee of experts - a group of roughly ten specialists from different provinces of China. The certificate was awarded to ERA after a gruelling round of test evaluations consisting of factory tests and in situ tests of the system installed at the airport.

“Throughout the entire Permit Certificate testing process over the last 12 months, we experienced excellent co-operation between Air Traffic Control specialists from the Czech Republic and China,” stated Jimmy Chan, the participant of the specialist evaluation meetings.

As a result, ERA is the only manufacturer who is qualified to import multilateration systems and the only supplier who has a Permit Certificate on all ground, TMA and WAM systems. ERA also has the Permit Certificate for SQUID thus being the exclusive certified vendor of vehicle tracking transmitters. In addition, ERA helps CAAC establish standards for the multilateration technology used at Chinese airport as well as set up the Permit Certificate testing procedure in China.

“CAAC China hopes ERA can contribute more to air traffic safety in China in the future,” added Luo Ming Ju, the expert of China ATM.

Over the last decade ERA has already delivered four surveillance systems to Chinese airports: in Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha and Zhengzhou. ERA won the international tender last year to supply and install the fifth system at the “meant to be largest” airport in the world in in the Beijing southern quarter of Daxing.


ERA-BHC CS provides educational and testing software platform „Cyber Hygiene“ to Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies (MIAS - Czech Technical University in Prague) for free

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Prague, 3 May 2018 – The company ERA-BHC CS, a member of OMNIPOL holdings signed a co-operation agreement together with MIAS and Estonian company CybExer Technologies OÜ, which includes a contract to provide a software platform „Cyber Hygiene“ and cyber security consultancy for free.

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“I am pleased that we have agreed on mutual cooperation with MIAS and CybExer Technologies. I believe we can offer more information about cyber threats not only to students, but also in the future to the general public” said Daniel Dunovský, CEO of ERA-BHC and added: “Our goal is to bring comprehensive services about cyber security to a wide range of customers in the commercial and non-commercial sphere.”
This two year contract includes a new exclusive e-learning training platform meant for testing and educating users in cyber security. This educational system is product of ERA-BHC and CybExer. 
The contract was signed in the presence of His Excellency Sten Schwede, the Ambassador of the Estonian Republic, on the 20th of April 2018 by representatives of all three parties. 
For further info you may contact:  Josef Kopecký ERA-BHC CS s.r.o. Commercial Director E: T: +420 776 641 151 
More about ERA-BHC CS
ERA-BHC CS provides comprehensive cyber security services. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals who have extensive experience in averting the most serious threats coming from cyberspace and protecting against these threats. We bring years of experience coming from collaboration with customers in the private and public sectors, including government organizations, financial institutions and healthcare. Our specialists have certifications in the area of information security and its audits, risk management, ethical hacking, IT services management, project management and other areas. ERA-BHC CS received NBU certificates for access to information classified as "Secret" and is a member of the European Cyber Security Excellence Centre.  
More about Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies (Czech Technical University in Prague)
Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies (MIAS) is a part of the Czech Technical University in Prague and has a “university institute” status. The Institute's activities include “university preparation of school leavers - specialists” who thanks to their knowledge and skills will find prospective applications in graduate courses in bachelor, master and postgraduate study programs.
More about CybExer Technologies 
CybExer Technologies OÜ is company established by two famous Estonian companies BHC Laboratory OÜ and Bytelife Solutions OÜ. Both companies have a 50 % share of CybExer Technologies OÜ. CybExer was established to develop and commercialize specific cyber security products by combining the expertise and experience of the founding companies.

OMNIPOL has bought MESIT holding

Prague, April 19, 2018 – On the 11th of April 2018, OMNIPOL a.s. (OMNIPOL) signed a contract with the owners of MESIT holding a.s. (hereinafter referred as MESIT) for the transfer of 100 % of the shares of MESIT to OMNIPOL.

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  „MESIT and its subsidiaries are a highly specialized companies with experienced teams of professionals. I am delighted that MESIT will absorbed into our group and we will form a strong partnership with them “, said Jiří Podpěra, the president of OMNIPOL.

With this transaction MESIT will become an important and respected subsidiary of the OMNIPOL group as it the case with ERA a.s. The whole group will continue to focus on supporting traditional Czech companies which produce high tech products.

For more information please contact:

Marika Přinosilová                        

Director for Marketing and Communication


T: +420 224 011 117



OMNIPOL a.s. is a global system´s integrator and supplier of defence, security and aeronautical systems since 1934.

OMNIPOL, in addition to aviation technology and flight training systems, focuses primarily on electronic defence and security solutions. For example OMNIPOL´S investment in ERA started a new development of new generation of passive surveillance and reconnaissance systems under the VERA-NG brand. The VERA-NG provides a complex solution for air, sea and land area control on the basis of „seeing without being see“ basis and is complemented with other types of passive systems (for example SDD). OMNIPOL is also the strategic partner on the L-39NG aircraft manufactured by AERO Vodochody AEROSPACES a.s. OMNIPOL also supplies industrial technologies and services for defence and the food processing industry.


Since 1952, MESIT Holding a.s. has been a traditional producer, with a team of experienced professionals, who specialize in the development and production of specialized products and systems in the field of aeronautics and space, defence and security industry and engineering. The technologically interconnected companies of MESIT holding provide complex products and services. 

OMNIPOL has exhibited at Malaysia’s defence exhibition DSA 2018


On April 16th – 19th OMNIPOL and ERA presented the military systems, namely PET VERA-NG at the16th edition of the exhibition and conference DSA 2018 (Defence Services Asia) in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Within the event their joined exposition boost has been visited by several VIP delegations.

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The exhibition consists of 30 international pavilions attended by more than 350 delegations from 45 countries, 1500 participating companies from 60 states and 43.000 trade visitors form 70 states. Alongside Event: NATSEC Asia 2018 – the International Exhibition on National Security for Asia. The main asset of the shows is to display the world’s sophisticated hardware & electronic warfare in land, air & sea defence, battlefield healthcare products/technology, training & simulation systems and police and security peripherals.

ERA was awarded a contract to install its WAM system to cover the TMA of Sulaimaniyah Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan


ERA (a member of OMNIPOL group) announced that it has been awarded a contract to implement a WAM and ATM system covering the Terminal Manoeuvring Area of Sulaimaniyah International Airport in Kurdistan, an autonomous region of the Republic of Iraq. ERA will deliver a composite multilateration and ADS-B system for surveillance of aircraft approaching the airport, covering the lower flight level to an extension of 50 NM.

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ERA won the tender and will supply eight ground stations of its tried and tested MSS (Multi-sensor Surveillance System) and the ATM system ERIS. The contract was signed by the prime contractor, the company Waypoint and Kurdistan Regional Government in December 2017 as a result of a tendering process organized by the end user - Sulaimaniyah International Airport.

“This is an important project which ensures that Sulaimaniyah International Airport has the best available technology. The newly implemented multilateration system will operate independently without any support of traditional radar and is hereby a full-fledged replacement for the procedural air traffic management used until now,” stated Mr. Taher Abdallah, Director of Sulaimaniyah airport.

MSS by ERA is a modular system easily adaptable to any terminal and wide area requirements as well as all terrain challenges. Due to their resistance to adverse weather conditions, low power consumption and their minimal impact on the environment, the WAM sensors can be easily mounted in the Kurdistan mountains and will therefore be able to cover the TMA of the airport, which is located in the middle of the valley.

The team of ERA experts carried out a site survey and chose appropriate locations for the stations in January 2018. The Factory Acceptance Tests are planned for June 2018. The new equipment will be installed at the end of the year and is supposed to become operational in the first quarter of 2019.

Sulaimaniyah International Airport is a new airport established in 2005, located 15 kilometres outside the city of Sulaimaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan and has three terminals.

Kurdistan, literally "homeland of the Kurds" or Greater Kurdistan, is a roughly defined geo-cultural region where the Kurdish people form a prominent majority population and where their language, culture and national identity have historically been based. It encompasses the north-west Zagros and the eastern Taurus mountain ranges. Current use of the term refers to the following areas: south-east Turkey, northern Iraq, north-west Iran and northern Syria. Iraqi Kurdistan first gained autonomous status in a 1970 agreement with the Iraqi government, and its status was re-confirmed within the Federal Republic of Iraq in 2005.

Note for editors:

ERA a.s. is leading company in multilateration, multistatic surveillance, and reconnaissance technology. Unrivalled experience in passive surveillance sensor development provides ERA with unique know-how to deliver comprehensive solutions for global markets. We develop, manufacture and implement mission-critical systems for military and civil purposes.

Over last 2 decades ERA reached number of more than 100 installations, deployed in over 60 countries on 5 continents with 24/7 operations fulfilling demanding customer requirements. Nevertheless, more important that given number of references is the experience we have achieved and lessons learned during implementation of our solutions for air traffic control and management.

ERA has developed unique passive surveillance system VERA-NG that defines new sensor category DPET (Deployable Passive ESM Tracker) tailored for air, maritime and land target surveillance and reconnaissance for defence and electronic warfare purposes. 

In parallel, ERA made air traffic control history when deployed the first multilateration system and introduced gate-to-gate surveillance. We intend to continue introducing new technologies to adapt to today´s and tomorrow´s challenges.

For additional information visit, for more details please do not hesitate to contact:

Lenka Stejskalová Reichová

Phone: +420467004120

Cell +420730190497


ERA at World ATM Congress Madrid – entering the ATMosphere for business!


ERA Company (a member of OMNIPOL group) exhibited its proven technologies for aircraft surveillance and air traffic management (ATM) and their innovations at the World ATM Congress – the biggest international ATM exhibition and conference held at IFEMA trade-park in Madrid, Spain.

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This event, co-organized by CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation) and ATCA (Air Traffic Control Association), was held from 6th to 8th March 2018. According official CANSO information there were the 225 exhibitors, 260 speakers and approx. 7 600 visitors from 133 countries taking part in over 100 different conference sessions.

ERA sales and product managers along with the experts from ERA´s Slovak subsidiary R-SYS took advantage of the presence of a number of important partners as well as new potential customers to negotiate business issues. They presented the references of operational installations of ERA composite multilateration and ADS-B systems as well as novelties in its portfolio suitable for ATM such as ERA Integrated System ERIS and IXO by R-SYS. The main highlight of the joined ERA and R-SYS presentation was the flight and drone zone planner IXO. The Head of R-SYS Marketing Pavol Serbín held a live presentation of the IXO system for the partakers of ERA event happy Hour and his colleagues Marek Náhlík and Josef Jankovič took several interviews for media.

IXO system represents a complex solution that seamlessly integrates information on manned and unmanned aircraft operations and provides real-time aeronautical information for all airspace users. It is a powerful and multi-platform solution which satisfies requirements of ATM integrated and interoperable system while it emphasizes timely distribution of accurate aeronautical data. The system applies the latest regulations to flight planning, airspace usage conflict calculation, RPAS flight validation/clearance processing, manned/unmanned aircraft management, or aeronautical data provision.

World ATM Congress, now in its sixth year, is the world’s largest international ATM exhibition and conference that brings together the world’s leading product developers, experts, stakeholders, and air navigation service providers (ANSPs). Aviation thought leaders gather for three days of conference sessions, product demonstrations and launches, contract closures and educational and networking opportunities.


 Lenka Stejskalová Reichová, ERA

OMNIPOL handed over L-39 training system


The latest flight simulator for L-39 was put into operation in the country of the African horn on 1st February 2018.

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The project included the delivery of a training system (i.e. multimedia classroom) and Full Mission Simulator.

In the first part of the project, multimedia classroom and part of the FMSwere delivered and installed. The classroom consists of special learning applications showing and describing key systems of the aircraft. In the second and final part of the project, exact copy of L-39 cockpit was integrated and the entire training system was handed over to the customer.


OMNIPOL became partner of the security Conference Swords and Ploughs


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OMNIPOL a.s. became a partner of the traditional spring security conference, this time called Swords and Ploughs, which took place on Friday 2nd June 2017 in Prague. The conference was organized by the Centre for Security Policy, Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (“IPS FSS CU”) under the auspices of, among others, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomir Zaorálek.


The organizers divided the conference into three main blocks 1. Future of Conflicts In European Neighbourhood. 2.Europe and Conflict Solution: Diplomacy, Development Aid, Military Intervention. 3. The Czech Republic and the new conflict dimension.


"We appreciate that the Centre for Security Policy of IPS FSS CU has devoted many years to scientific research, analysis, educational activities and the development of a dialogue on the topic of security policy. We are very pleased to support the organizers this year by becoming a partner of this now traditional spring security conference," announced Michal Hon, OMNIPOL Vice-President for Strategy and Development, who   attended the conference.


Speakers from the Czech Republic, who have been engaged in international relations research and security issues for long time, such as Miloš Balabán, head of the UK Centre for Security Policy of IPS FSS CU. Also   Speaking from the same institution were Jan Ludvík and Libor Stejskal.  Jan Eichler spoke for the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Czech Republic.

Foreign institutions were represented by, among others, Christian Danielsson, Director General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission. Andrey Kazancev, Director of the Analytical Centre of Moscow State Institute of International Relations. The Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt was represented by Pressor's Harald Müller and Richard Sakwa. The University of Kent or the School of Politics and International Relations. The University of Kent, department of Politics and International Relations.


OMNIPOL at the International Fair IDET 2017 presented top technology ang a new logo


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OMNIPOL presented to visitors, this year at IDET 2017 International Fair a range of high level defence and security technologies. The models OMNIPOL exhibited together with the new concept of the Stand attracted many visitors including foreign delegations.

For example OMNIPOL presented the VERA NG passive monitoring system, produced by it's subsidiary company ERA a.s. The VERA NG is designed to detect, identify and monitor airborne, terrestrial and naval targets.

A model of the new L39NG aircraft, to be produced by AEROVODOCHODY Aerospace, was exhibited on the OMNIPOL stand. This is because OMNIPOL is the strategic business partner for development of the aircraft as well as the exporter to selected markets. 

OMNIPOL also supports the Czech company Primoco, who demonstrated it's new Unmanned Aircraft ( UAV ) at IDET 2017. OMNIPOL shared it's stand with several Foreign Partner Companies, such as AMST, Kongsberg, Hagemann, Northrop Grumman, LITEF. ERA BHC successfully introduced, on the OMNIPOL stand, it's Cyber Security products. 

On Thursday the 1st of June, OMNIPOL hosted a reception on it's stand at IDET. This was to celebrate the introduction, in May 2017, of a new logo and visual style of OMNIPOL. This reflects the dynamic changes that have taken place in OMNIPOL.

 " I am delighted that we have been been able to present leading products of our domestic and foreign partners to such a wide range of professionals as well of course also to the public " says Jiri Podpera, the President of OMNIPOL. 


OMNIPOL is a Partner of Open Day at Caslav Base


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The 21st Tactical Air Force Caslav Open Day is coming back in 2017 and will be held on Saturday 20 May. OMNIPOL, as the strategic partner and a financial investor in major aerospace projects, became one of partners of the event this year.

This traditional event is organized every two years and it aims at presenting the Caslav base as well as other units of the Czech Armed Forces. The Open Day will also feature dynamic displays of military aircraft and will also include accompanying programme throughout the entire day. The Open Day starts at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

The entry is free of charge.

For more information please visit: 


Press Release: OMNIPOL changes its visual style


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OMNIPOL a.s. (hereinafter "OMNIPOL" or "Company") announces, that with effect from May 15, 2017, the Company's visual style, including the corporate logo, colors and fonts, will change.

The new corporate visual style reflects the changes that have taken place at OMNIPOL, in connection with transformation to an investment and business group, together with a new vision of the Company.

"Our company builds not only on it's historical experience, it also brings to the world market solutions & services based on innovation and new technologies. Our new visual style underlines this dynamic development and change," says Jiri Podpera, Company President.

In the new logo, the Company decided to build on the motive of the globe, which dominates the original logo, and in the current version it is expressed by using a minimalist circle in the light blue color. The circle in the new logo symbolizes the Latin word OMNI, which means "ALL" and embraces the brand as well as the Company's global market presence. The combination of two shades of blue symbolizes conservativeness, reliability and safety on the one hand (dark blue color), and inspiration, freedom and intuition (light blue color) on the other.

For more information please contact:
Marika Přinosilová 
Marketing and Communications Director
T: +420 224 011 117

About Company
OMNIPOL is an investment and trading group providing cutting-edge solutions for the defence and security sector. OMNIPOL is the owner of hi-tech production companies, which mainly concentrate on, passive surveillance systems for air, land and sea. OMNIPOL is also the strategic partner and a financial investor in major aerospace projects.

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OMNIPOL at IDET 2017 Fair in Brno


Our Company will participate in International Defence and Security Technologies Fair (IDET).

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The Fair takes place from 31st May to 2nd June 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic..

You are cordially invited to visit our exposition in Hall P, Stand No. 131.

We will introduce you our products and services as well as some of our strategic partners.

We look forward to meeting you in person!

Our Subsidiary, ERA Company, has overcome one billion crowns in revenue in 2016


- another record-breaking result, the fourth in row since 2012.

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The Czech supplier of the passive surveillance systems ERA Company, member of the OMNIPOL Group, has made a profit of 366 million Czech crowns (€ 13.6 million) last year with total revenues overcoming one billion. The impressive economic results have been approved by the auditing process. The company's profit has been invested into research and development – including the construction of new development centre in Pardubice, opening of further branch offices and expansion of technology offering through the purchase of smaller companies. ERA also plans further acquisitions.

The company reported revenues to a total amount of CZK 1243,000 thousand (€ 46,000 thous.) and an accounting profit to the amount of CZK 366,000 thousand before taxes (€ 13,600 thous.) for the financial year 2016. This consists of a new record for the 20 years of existence of the company, the 4th in a row after the successful years 2012 and 2014 and 2015.

More information in ERA’s Press Release.

OMNIPOL’s subsidiary ERA will deliver an ADS/B system to Georgia


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ERA a.s. (a member of OMNIPOL Group) has been awarded a contract to deliver an ADS/B system covering an eastern part of the Georgia’s airspace. ERA will supply four double (eight in all) ADS/B Ground Stations to mountainous terrain of the country. Two Central Processing Stations will be deployed at two major Georgian airports, in the capital Tbilisi and in Kutaisi. ADS/B Stations operate with GPS data and will ensure surveillance of domestic and international airlines flying over the territory of Georgia.

For more information please refer to ERA Press Release.

Foto: ERA a.s.


OMNIPOL at the LIMA Exhibition in Malaysia


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OMNIPOL attended the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) which took place from 21st to 25th March 2017. Since 1991 the fair has been held in the two-year period, and this year the event attracted over 180,000 people (for comparison, 175,000 in 2015).

LIMA is one of the largest fairs in the field of defense technology in the Pacific Ocean region, and is supported by the Malaysian government, the Ministry of Defense and Malaysian Armed Forces.

A lot of local government representatives such as Prime Minister Seri Mohd Najib Dato' Tun Abdul Razak and Defense Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, and top officials of the country´s Armed Forces representatives were present at the event.

OMNIPOL Company was represented by Mr Jiří Řezáč and company´s representative for Malaysia.

OMNIPOL has attended Beviale exhibition in Moscow


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Traditional international trade fair dedicated to experts from the beverage industry took place in Moscow at the turn of February and March.

This year's edition attracted almost 4,000 trade visitors and 130 exhibitors. During the Beviale Moscow a wide spread of seminars, presentations and educational events was held.

The fair was attended by several Czech companies, including the OMNIPOL, supplier of equipment for breweries and malt plants. Company's exhibition booth was visited by many existing customers, as well as new customers that are interested in small breweries and filling lines for kegs, PET bottles and glass.

OMNIPOL's representatives, Messrs. Lubomír Groll and Josef Arnošt, were available for all visitors interested in technologies provided by OMNIPOL.

OMNIPOL and ERA have become a main partner for the NATO Days security show


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OMNIPOL along with its daughter company ERA are going to be a main partner in the major display of the capabilities of defence and security industry and military institutions known as NATO Days in Ostrava. The contract was signed by officials from both companies and the organizer Jagello agency at the new ERA headquarters in Pardubice in the middle of March.

The 17th edition of NATO Days in Ostrava & the 8th edition of Czech Air Force Days, the largest security show in Europe and the most popular in terms of attendance weekend event in the Czech Republic, will be held at Leos Janacek Airport in Ostrava, on September 16 – 17, 2017. ERA will present its military surveillance and reconnaissance system - Passive ESM Tracker VERA-NG. Other important players in the field such as Skoda Auto, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, LOM Praha, Bell Helicopter, etc. are also scheduled to participate and exhibit their products delivered to Czech Armed Forces and other security bodies.

NATO Days in Ostrava aims at presenting a wide spectrum of the resources of the Czech Republic and its allies in the field of security provision to the general public. It is the only event that brings together the technology used by soldiers, fire fighters, policemen, customs officers, the prison service, the municipal police and others in one location. Apart from providing an attractive program that draws record numbers of visitors, the event also serves as a significant social venue and as a forum for security experts.

More than sensors! Our subsidiary ERA exhibited at the World ATM Congress in Madrid


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More than sensors! Our subsidiary, ERA, exhibited at the number one event in the world of air traffic – World ATM Congress in Madrid.

ERA Company, member of the OMNIPOL Group, exhibited its proven technologies for aircraft surveillance and air traffic management and their innovations at the World ATM Congress – an international exhibition and conference held at IFEMA trade park in Madrid, Spain. This event, organized by CANSO (the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation), was held from 7th to 9th March 2017. According official CANSO information there were the record-breaking 230 exhibitors and 7 757 visitors.




















ERA sales and product managers along with the experts from ERA´s Slovak subsidiary R-SYS took advantage of the presence of a number of important partners as well as new potential customers to negotiate business issues. They presented the references of operational installations of ERA composite multilateration and ADS-B systems as well as novelties in its portfolio suitable for ATM such as Net Briefing system and Record and Replay Investigator by R-SYS.



OMNIPOL has attended IDEX 2017 exhibition


OMNIPOL Company participated in major international defence exhibition IDEX in the United Arab Emirates last week.

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Prestigious five-day event, visited by around 1,250 companies from 56 countries, aimed to demonstrate the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence.

Company President, Jiří Podpěra, attended the opening ceremony, where His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, were present in person. A military parade, including demonstration of anti-terrorist action, tank maneuvers and air-fighters flyover followed the opening.

Visitors went into the exhibition halls after the official opening ceremony. OMNIPOL Company introduced a model of passive surveillance system VERA-NG, intended for detection, identification and monitoring of air, land and naval targets at its exhibition booth. The system is manufactured by OMNIPOL´s subsidiary ERA. The Company also presented a wide range of products and services focused on defence and security sector customers. There was a demonstration of the new aircraft project at the exhibition. OMNIPOL is a financial investor in the development and sale of this L-39NG jet trainer, together with AERO Vodochody. Part of the booth was a model of Primoco UAV, which is an unmanned aircraft with a very short distance for take-off and landing. It can be handled remotely or fly independently based on the programmed flight plans.

At the company's exhibition stand, we discussed about the possibilities and forms of future cooperation not only with representatives of local institutions and companies, but also with interested parties from various regions of the world.

OMNIPOL at the IDEX 2017 exhibition


OMNIPOL will participate in International Defence Exhibition and Conference in the UAE.

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IDEX will take place from 19th to 23rd February 2017.

IDEX is the most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world. It is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence.

It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.

OMNIPOL´s stand E44 will be located in Hall 12. Company´s subsidiary ERA, will present its passive surveillance VERA-NG product model at the stand. The system is intended for detection, identification and monitoring of air, ground and naval targets.

The Company will also present a L-39NG project at the exhibition. OMNIPOL plays a crucial role with its 50% share in the development of a new generation of the L-39 trainer jet aircraft. OMNIPOL is a strategic sales partner of L-39NG for selected territories. The second investment partner, and a manufacturer of L-39NG, is Aero Vodochody company.

Omnipol has attended IDEAS 2016 „Arms For Peace“ exhibition


Omnipol, ŽĎAS and TS Plzeň took part at biggest defence exhibition IDEAS 2016 in Karachi

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Omnipol participated together with its parner firms ZDAS and TS Plzen at the IDEAS 2016 exhibition in Karachi.


Czech republic itself was represented with an official delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Defence, Head of the Industrial Cooperation and Organisations Management Division, Tomáš Kuchta.


With its first participation at this exhibition, it was the desire of Omnipol to demonstrate its long term commitment to cooperation with its Pakistani partners in the field of heavy industries.


Beyond the main focus of its stall, Omnipol explored possibilities in the area of aeronautical cooperation.

Omnipol has attended the exhibition Indodefence 2016


Omnipol and Era took a part at the biggest defence and aerospace fair in Indonesia.

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 Indodefence fair has returned to the Indonesian capital city after two years. International defence and aviation exhibition took place in November from 2 to 5. Besides the exhibition the accompanying program has held several professional conferences, which were focused not only on safety, but also on news from the aviation and maritime industries.

The biggest event in Asia-Pacific region attracted over 25,000 visitors, over 750 exhibitors from 55 countries and 30 countries had here its own exposure. Apart from the Czech Republic has participated Slovakia, Germany, India, Australia, South Korea, the US and Russia, etc.

Omnipol has participated at the exhibition through Czech exposition with ERA. Visitors might see many stands prepared by well-known brands, such as Airbus, Saab or Lockheed Martin. Vicepresident of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla has visited Omnipol´s and he was interested in passive systems by ERA.

Representatives Omnipol and ERA had the opportunity to conduct negotiations with several national delegations and visitors including the Minister of National Defence of Indonesia Ryamizard Ryacudu at the Czech national stand.


Omnipol at the Exhibition INDODEFENCE 2016


OMNIPOL will be presenting at the exhibition INDODEFENCE 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Visit us during 2. – 5. November at our booth no. B020D in Czech pavilion and learn more about traditional Czech technology and equipment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

OMNIPOL Attended Trade Fair ADEX in Baku – One of the Biggest Exhibition of Military Technologies in Post-soviet Region


OMNIPOL together with partners exhibited solutions for air defence highlighting the passive surveillance and reconnaissance system VERA-NG at ADEX.

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ADEX (Azerbaijani International Defence Exhibition) held at Baku Expo Centre in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The 2nd edition of this international event, widely recognized by military organizations and defence and security producers in Caucasus region, is organized biannually, this year from September 27 to 30.  

OMNIPOL and ERA presented the last generation of the unique VERA-NG military surveillance system along with other Czech companies Česká zbrojovka and Meopta to delegations of army specialists. They were primarily interested in details of its usage for air defence forces and the performance of Passive ESM Tracker VERA compared to traditional radars. The president of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev was also among VIP guests visiting our stand.


OMNIPOL and ERA are not unknown company in Azerbaijan, it has had its airport surface management system A-SMGCS deployed at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku. This surface system has been developed as extension of previously implemented Wide Area Multilateration system monitoring low flying helicopters and aircraft over the Caspian Sea since 2010.


ADEX 2016 is a grand display of modern weaponry and equipment, the show of the force and power of the military-industrial complex, the exhibition has been supported by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan. This year, ADEX was attended by 216 companies from 34 countries, and 29 delegations from 21 countries. The geographical spread of the participants has expanded to countries such as Croatia, Estonia, the Czech Republic Latvia, and Montenegro.


New potential of the Czech-Swedish cooperation


Swedish SAAB and his Czech strategic partner ERA (subsidiary of OMNIPOL) jointly submitted offer through the Swedish Government's into the tender for 3D Mobile Air Defence Radar (MADR), announced by the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic.

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In a framework of NATO Days 2016 in Ostrava, both companies confirmed that their strategic cooperation represents an excellent opportunity not only to reinforce mutual cooperation between Sweden and the Czech Republic, but is it also a unique opportunity for joint development of common cooperation in building a new European Defense Capabilities.

"We offer a technical solution fully complying with the conditions of the award, which is based on modern radar and surveillance system Giraffe G4A. Our partnership with the Czech Defense Industry includes a manufacturing, maintenance, as well as research and development. Thanks to cooperation with the ERA, the radar will fully integrated into the Czech system of command and control air defense," said on this occasion Krasimira Stoyanova, SAAB Director for the Central Europe.

Full-fledged industrial cooperation between SAAB and ERA provides strong potential for the Czech industry including a high added value of the knowledge economy, as well as a long-term progressive development of a highly skilled workforce in the Czech Republic. According to Krasimira Stoyanova is a proof that the SAAB company always fulfills its partner commitments in the field of industrial cooperation very successful offset program, which is aimed on supporting of the Czech industry, as an accompanying asset according to the decision about renting a supersonic aircrafts Gripen.

Anders Linder, Head of ground radar systems in the SAAB company, and CEO of ERA Pardubice Viktor Sotona toast to the successful collaboration of both companies in the field of research and development of active and passive radar technology. (Photo: Květoslav Frgal)

L-39 Users Group Conference


Strategic partners OMNIPOL a.s. and AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. together with Air Forces of the Czech Army welcomed a first world L-39 Users Group Conference.

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Press Conference (from left - Michal Hon, CEO OMNIPOL a.s; Giuseppe Giordo, CEO AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE; Gen. mjr. Libor Štefánik, former Air Force Commander of the Czech Army) ; photo: Jakub Plíhal,

Austria, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Slovakia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uganda – representatives of these countries arrived in AERO to share their experience with the L-39 Albatros jet trainer. The 1st L-39 Users’ Group Conference was held under auspices of the Czech Air Force. The former Air Force Commander Brigadier General Libor Štefánik as well as the representatives of AERO and Omnipol held a speech during the conference.

Giuseppe Giordo, the president and CEO of AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE appreciated the value of this meeting. “The legacy of the L-39 Albatros is a big commitment for us. We would be happy if this conference was a start of a long-lasting relationship with the users of this remarkable aircraft from all over the world. I believe together we can write the next successful chapter of this marvelous machine,” said Giordo.

The aim of the meeting was not only the celebration of past successes of the aircraft, but also the future outlook of the program. The attendees discussed the sustainment services and possible further development of the aircraft, but they have also been introduced to the project of a new military aircraft currently driven by AERO – the L-39NG. For current users of the L-39, AERO offers a smooth transition to the L-39NG conceived as a two-step process starting with the installation of a new engine and optional avionics into existing airframes and followed by the transition to the entirely new L-39NG airframe while using the previously acquired engine and avionics.

The conceptual and strategic approach of the OMNIPOL group is shown by its 50% share in the development of the next generation of the L-39 jet trainer. In this project OMNIPOL acts also as strategic business partner. It is no secret that the aircraft has a very successful past. Since 1971, when the first mass-produced Albatros (L-39 aircraft) was produced, almost 3,000 of them have been exported around the world. OMNIPOL CEO Michal Hon adds, “Business experience, contacts and long-term professional reliability are OMNIPOL’s strategic contributions to the L-39NG project. But they are not the only things. As we really believe in this project, we are contributing half the financing to its development.”

The conference was closed by a ceremony and flight display of aircraft made by Aero, including demonstrator of L-39NG, that has proven successful progress in the development of the new aircraft. Some of the delegations will attend also NATO Days & Czech Air Force Days, the biggest security show in Europe that takes place in Ostrava, Czech Republic on the weekend. Both Aero and OMNIPOL are partners of the show and the L-39NG will be promoted on a static display.

About the L-39

The L-39 and its successors L-59, L-139 and L-159 became the most successful jet training family worldwide ever. Over 3,000 aircraft of this type were manufactured up to now and the jet trainer has been historically used by 45 military operators. Today, the aircraft is operated also by civil customers in at least 15 countries. The L-39 proved its qualities in 15 aerobatic teams all over the world, 8 of them still active as of today. The L-39 family has a total log of over 5,000,000 flight hours with dozens of thousands of pilots trained on jets made in AERO. The aircraft became a legend not only because of its excellent manoeuvrability, but also for its ability to successfully complete missions in all climatic conditions.

About the L-39NG

The L-39NG (Next Generation) aircraft is a modern and effective trainer designed as a unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. Power is provided by the highly modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service to ensure unprecedented airworthiness and predictable maintenance costs. The aircraft's avionics are prepared to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer's requirements to a great extent. The L-39NG is equipped with five mounting points for weapons. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including the integration into high-tech tactical simulation centres with the goal of increasing training efficiency. For more information visit

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 Family Photo L-39 Users Group Conference; photo: Jakub Plíhal,



 L-39SW Demonstrator; photo: ČTK (Czech Press Agency)

OMNIPOL at the 25th edition of EUROSATORY


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1,572 exhibitors from 56 countries and over 55 thousand visitors – that’s the overall result of this years‘ edition of EUROSATORY, which took place from 13 – 17th June.

This year, OMNIPOL succeeded with the passive surveilance technology mainly represented by VERA-NG, developed by ERA Pardubice. The system tracks targets up to 400 kilometres away, but is, in fact, „invisible“. Many delegations along with press were interested in this technology.

The company also introduced the L-39NG aircraft – the next generation of legendary L-39 jet trainer. It is a common project of OMNIPOL and AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE. Moreover, the first customer test flight accomplished by the Georgian delegation was announced. Last but not least, the new turboprop L 410 UVP-E20 was presented during the exhibition.

OMNIPOL was part of the shared exposition shielded by the Ministry of Industry and Trade this year. The next edition of EUROSATORY takes place traditionally in June, 2018

The representative of the Ministry, Mr. Vladimír Bomberovič, and the vicepresident of DSIA, Mr. Jiří Řezáč, welcomed Czech companies at the biggest stand within the common exposition



The Very First Customer Has Tested the New Generation aircraft L-39NG


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How does it feel to sit in the cockpit of a future jet trainer L-39NG? The delegation of Georgia which is interested in the aircraft has lately experienced the very first customer flight in a technical demonstrator.

In the demonstrator for L-39NG the pilots were able to test the new avionics of the aircraft which is a descendent of the famous L-39 Albatros developed by Czech company AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE. The new generation jet trainer also benefits with the American FJ44-4M turbofan engine. 

Georgian delegation was led by the air force commander who has along with his team of pilots and the Czech air forces experienced several test flights and discussed the possibility of a creation of the simulation centre in Georgia where pilots would be trained for the L-39NG aircraft. During the visit, the delegation got also acquainted with the airport in Vodochody as well as with the simulation centre in Pardubice.

Getting ready for the first customer flight in L-39NG technical demonstrator. Source:

The L-39NG project is a joint project of the Czech traditional companies AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE and OMNIPOL that are strategic partners. The two companies will reveal the exact extent of the partnership at the Farnborough International Air Show in July of this year. „The aircraft has no direct competitor in its market segment, and furthermore, the worldwide fleet of training aircraft is due for a massive upgrade in the very near future," concludes Michal Hon, Chief Executive Officer of OMNIPOL.  

Common Project L-39NG by Companies OMNIPOL and AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE Successfully Continues


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L-39NG – the next generation jet trainer which is a descendant of world famous L-39 aircraft was presented at the beginning of June at ILA Berlin Air Show and at the exhibition KADEX in Kazakhstan. OMNIPOL and AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE informed about the common project in April this year.

One of the biggest European aerospace fair took place from 1 – 4 June, 2016. Representatives of the air forces and Defence Ministers of several countries like Spain, Austria and Argentina have visited our stand. We also hosted Tomáš Jan Podivínský, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Berlin.


AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE's stand at ILA Berlin Air Show, OMNIPOL in the role of the project partner

Very successful was the Kazakh exhibition KADEX (took place from 2 – 5 June, 2016) which visited also Nursultan Nazarbajev, the President of the Republilc of Kazakhstan. Our exposition was the only representative of the Czech aviation industry at the fair. The companies met with leaders of Kazakh Air Force and presented them potential of their L-39 aircraft development. The stand visited also Eliška Žigová, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Kazakhstan, who learned more about both defence and civilian technology.

Representatives of OMNIPOL and AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE in the residence of the Czech Ambassador in Kazakhstan

OMNIPOL at the 25th Edition of EUROSATORY Exhibition


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Come visit us at the exhibition EUROSATORY in Paris, France. You will find us during 13th - 17th June 2016 in Hall 5, stand no. K577. We look forward to seeing you soon in Paris!

This Year’s BEER Exhibition in Sochi Opens New Business Opportunities


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Rising interest of Czech brewing technology and equipment on Russian market as well as a cooperation increase of Czech suppliers of such technology with the company OMNIPOL. This is what the 25th edition of beer festival BEER in Sochi, Russia, was all about.

OMNIPOL has been devoted to the brewing, bottling and packaging technology for nearly quarter of the century now. Since then, the company has given its know-how to nearly 30 breweries and malt-houses in Russia. One of the most significant projects was an implementation of complete malt plant for “Shikhan” in Sterlitamak. Lately, there was realized a big delivery for “Kurskiy Malt” brewery in Kursk. Nowadays, the biggest customers are “Ochakovo” brewery in Moscow and “Gambrinus” brewery in Izhevsk.

The company exhibited along with the Czech leading suppliers of brewing technology – NATE Chotěboř, MOPOS, J. Hradecký Pacov and ProjectSoft. Common stand with the brand new, modern graphic design also visited CEO of the brewery “Kurskiy Malt” Galina Avidonova, who thanked for the realization of implementation of new machines. Representatives of the company “Gambrinus” in Izhevsk then brought to the stand the examples which were made by the delivered Czech machines.ánek31.jpg

The new graphic design was appreciated by the suppliers as well

We are pleased that several Russian media have informed about the presence of Czech companies, for example magazines Beer and Beverages and Russian Food & Drinks. “More and more often is heard about OMNIPOL as an integrator of Czech brewing technology manufacturers, and many breweries and malt-houses. After nearly 25 years of our cooperation with the Russian market new business possibilities are now ahead,” concludes Jiří Škrabal, Marketing Director of OMNIPOL.