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. According to the report, the Czech Defence Ministry is planning to acquire five mobile 3D radiolocators by 2017, with costs estimated at between 1.5 and 1.7 billion crowns, or between 69 and 78 million US dollars, ministry spokesman Petr Medek told the news website iDnes.cz on Tuesday. These should replace the Soviet-made P-37 radars from the 1970s and PRV-17 altimeters built in the 1980s. A public tender should be held as soon as possible, according to the ministry. The winner will have to have “strong ties” to the Czech Republic, Mr Medek said, adding that the ministry will insist that Czech defence industry participate in the project. Czech and Slovak firms had begun developing a new radilocator called ReUNION which they believed could become the basis of a system developed along with Hungary and Poland as part of the Visegrad Group’s defence cooperation. However, the project was cast into doubt when the Financial Times reported earlier this month that Poland was considering pulling out, arguing that smaller members of the Visegrad Group had little to contribute to the project. The Financial Times quoted a Czech defence official as saying that the country had two options – to proceed with Hungary and Slovakia, or to open the project to an external tender.
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 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
Czech government has approved sale of 15 redundant L-159 combat planes to Iraq for 750 million crowns (US$30 million) via Aero Vodochody, Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky announced Monday. The Czech defense ministry reached an agreement with Aero Vodochody on the supply of L-159 to Iraq at the end of August 2014
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