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.
Slovakia is looking to replace its RAC MiG-29s in the next couple of years. Slovak defence minister Martin Glvac has reportedly told local media outlets on several occasions that the Gripen is the fighter of choice for this replacement, although the requirement will go to open competition.
It is believed Slovakia may look to lease the Gripen, like its regional counterparts Hungary and the Czech Republic.
In May it was announced the Gripen lease agreement between the governments of Sweden and the Czech Republic had been extended for a further 12 years. This will see the 14 C/D-model examples operated by the Czech air force remain in use until 2027. The Hungarian air force has also leased 14 C/D-model aircraft, with deliveries completed in 2007.
Czech Republic will be receiving 58 T–72 tanks, the Hungary Defense Ministry said on August 25 which has all the required licenses for the shipment of military equipment. The supplier Excalibur Defense has began the shipment of the tanks no longer used by the Hungarian Armed Forces
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 Swedish government is planning to equip fighter jets with cruise missiles, following the announcement made on a military spending hike linked to the Ukraine crisis. “In the future the ability to combat longer range targets can be important,” Defence Minister Karin Enstroem was quoted as saying by Sveriges Radio, adding that the missiles would have “a high precision which acts as a deterrent”
Sweden plans to increase its annual defence spending over the next 10 years, citing the crisis in Ukraine and an "unsettling" development in Russia. The government on Tuesday said that spending would rise gradually until 2024, when the annual defence budget increase would be around 5
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
Poland has signed an intention letter with Slovakia over a sale of $32 million 30 Rosomak Wheeled Armored Vehicles. The agreement was signed during Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico's official visit to Poland
Slovakia is to begin official talks with Sweden for the rental of flying hours on Gripen jet fighters. The Slovak Defense Minister Martin Glvac on Wednesday told Xinhua that the Slovak government maintains that Sweden is the only country to offer a deal whereby it could rent flying hours
Slovakian armed forces will be cutting down on Russian military equipment as part of its modernization program, Slovakian President Andrej Kiska said Tuesday. “The process of modernization of the Slovak armed forces has begun
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the sale of nine UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters to Slovakia. Slovakia wants the helicopters to replace its fleet of 14 Soviet-designed Mil Mi-17 copters, which are produced and maintained by the Russian-owned firm Rostec
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
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
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