The Czech government on Wednesday announced it will renewed its lease on 14 Swedish fighter jets until 2027.
Since 2005, the Czech army has been using the Gripen one- and two-seaters under a 10-year contract worth around $1 billion.
“From now on Prague will pay an annual 1.7 billion koruna,” Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky was quoted as saying by AFP.
He added that the aircraft would be upgraded under the contract. Sweden would also train 25 Czech pilots and 90 technicians.
A total of 166 Gripen fighters are used around the world, including 100 in Sweden, according to data from Swedish manufacturer Saab.
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The Czech Defence Ministry has announced plans to acquire a new anti-aircraft radar system to replace obsolete Soviet-era equipment, according to Radio Prague. The ministry will reportedly pursue the acquisition independently, abandoning plans to develop a new air defence radar system together with Poland, Hungary and Slovakia
Czech Defense ministry has signed a $12 million deal for the sale of 13 subsonic L-159 combat jets to Draken in the US. Draken placed a bid last November to buy 14 of the L-159 planes with an option for 14 more
Saab today announced it has signed a new Gripen lease agreement with the Czech Republic which will continue to operate 14 Gripen C/D another 12 years, until at least 2027. The partnership is a contract between two governments, where Saab acts as a sub-contractor to FMV, who provides the aircraft
The worlds first ever referendum to decide a fighter aircraft purchase will take place on May 18 when the Swiss vote to decide the fate of the Saab Gripen sale. The referendum s unique as it boils down to votes that will decide a decade of negotiations and evaluations to buy 22 fighter jets from Sweden
The Swedish Armed Forces may acquire more Gripen E to support its existing operational capacity on account of possible lending of Gripen C/D to Brazil and Switzerland in the near future, according to Corren.se
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