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. No order is placed on Saab yet, the company said in a statement.
“With this agreement, the Czech Republic is taking a long-term strategic decision to continue operating Gripen and ensuring the continued development of its national capability. This is further proof of the confidence in Gripen, and its defence capacity,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Saab's business area Aeronautics.
Gripen has been in service with the Czech Air Force since 2005, with the current lease expiring 2015. The new agreement extends the partnership between Sweden and the Czech Republic for a further 12 years and the Czech Republic will continue to operate 14 Gripen C/D until at least 2027.
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
The Czech government approved sale of 28 subsonic L-159 ALCA aircraft to the US, while postponing prolonged lease of Sweden-made SAAB 39 Gripen supersonic aircraft talks. The American Draken International company is interested in purchase of up to 28 pieces (24 complete and four incomplete) for $21
Czech Republic has decided to lease 14 Gripen aircraft for another 14 years which is yet to be formalized with Sweden. “We are convinced that we have found a mutually good solution which will meet the Czech Air Forces needs, both now and in the future
On the occasion of finalising talks between Czech and Swedish parties on prolongation of a lease agreement of SAAB 39 Gripen supersonic aircraft, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok visited 21st Tactical Air Force Base at Caslav to get more information on them. A squadron of SAAB 39 Gripen (also known as JAS-39 Gripen) aircraft serves not only for the Czech Republic but also within NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System
The Czech Republic is hoping to sell its L-159 aircraft to Poland, after the expected deal with Iraq apparently failed. This Poland tender once finalized, can extend the cooperation in the economy, energy industry and defence between these countries
The Czech Air Force wants to infuse new weapons into its JAS 39 Gripen jet fighters to better serve the needs of NATO air defense. “The Defense Ministry of the Czech Republic will hold a tender to beef up the Gripen jets onboard weapons so that they can effectively engage ground targets as well,” Ministry Spokesperson Petr Medek told reporters in Prague
The Czech Ministry of Defense will be launching tenders worth $425 million this year to acquire new helicopters, armored vehicles and radars. "We are primarily driven by ensuring high quality-price ratios, and only after this by the aspect of national [defense production]," Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky was quoted as saying by DefenseNews
Brazil will receive a higher amount of technology transfer as part of its Saab Gripen NG fighter purchase than initially planned, the president of the Brazilian Combat Aircraft Program Coordinating Committee (COPAC), Brigadier José Augusto Affonso said. The FX-2 project should have increments in the issue of technology transfer thanks to advances in the negotiations
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
Representatives of the Brazilian Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA), met with representatives of Saab to discuss the beginning of the certification process of the Gripen NG aircraft, Brazilian Air Force said in a statement. The certifications of the Gripen NG aircraft with respect to airworthiness requirements and fulfillment of the mission will be carried out by Swedish government agencies
The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden have signed a letter of intent agreeing to co-operate on using the Saab Gripen fighter paving the way for a potential Slovakian acquisition of the aircraft. “Today's signing will lay the foundation for bilateral co-operation around a common airspace surveillance of Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” the Swedish defence ministry said August 30
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