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. The company will first buy the aircraft from the Czech military and then resell them to Iraq. Aero Vodochody will ensure that the planes are operable and fitted with further equipment and ammunition. It will also oversee the training of pilots and ground staff.
Of the 15 L-159 fighters designated for the Iraqi military, 11 are inactive and four have been used by Czech soldiers. Ten of the fighters are one-seat and two are two-seat, the other three planes will be dismantled to provide spare parts.
Czech has been trying to sell the redundant L-159s for many years.
Czech arms company Excalibur Group will sell weapons to Nigeria's government forces in its fight with the militant group Boko Haram, local media reported on Friday. Excalibur Group's spokesman Andrej Cirtek confirmed to the Prague Post that weapons include modernised Soviet-origin T-72 M1 tanks, armoured infantry fighting vehicles and rocket launchers and that the destination for those weapons is an “African country”
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
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the extended lease of Gripen from Sweden to the Czech Republic. This agreement provides for the continuing support and upgrade of the Czech aircraft for a further 12 years
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 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
Aero Vodochody has signed agreements with RSW Aviation and SkyTech for the delivery of 28 L-39NG jet trainers in two separate contracts. The company signed a Letter of intent Tuesday for the delivery of 12 L-39NG aircraft and upgrade of six legacy L-39 into the L-39CW variant
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Aero Vodochody has commenced prototype and pre-serial production of its L-39NG jet trainer and light-attack platform. The assembly of the first four L-39NGs had begun “in recent weeks”, comprising three prototype and one pre-serial production model, the Czech company announced Thursday
AERO Vodochody announced today that it has successfully completed the first test flight of the L-39NG trainer demonstrator. The trainer features the new FJ44-4M engine from Williams International and avionics built around Genesys Aerosystems multi-functional displays and head-up displays (HUD) by SPEEL Praha
Iraq has signed a ‘secret contract with Russia for buying 400 Mine clearing vehicle for clearing the mines planted by the Islamic State (IS) militants. An Iraqi official told FNA that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi inked a secret contract with Russia to equip the Iraqi army with the demining vehicles
A bomb from an Iraqi warplane accidently fell down on Monday due to technical problem in Eastern Baghdad. Security spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan was quoted as saying by AFP today that one of the bombs became stuck during the aircraft's return to base
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