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  • 26 May 2013
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    IDET 2013: a lukewarm assessment

    The 2013 edition of the Czech Armament exhibition closed on Friday 24th may in Brno (Moravia) and it’s time to make a first assessment. Official figures are quite reasonable at first sight for a small exhibition in Central Europe. But reality is a little bit different and the question is if IDET in its current aspect still has a future.

  • 28 February 2013
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    The Gripen contract: tactical surprise or political cowardice?

    The Czech government, who was supposed to examine yesterday the Swedish proposal for the prolongation of the leasing of the 14 aircraft JAS-39 Gripen in service in the Czech Armed Forces, decided to postpone the examination till 20th March.

  • 4 December 2012
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    Succession of Czech Gripen: decision between end of March 2013

    “The fighter force is and will remain a strong component of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. It is one of the main attributes of the State sovereignty”. With those words, Mr. Vondra, the Czech Defense Minister about to leave, expressed his satisfaction about the last Swedish proposal linked with prolongation of the Gripen fighters lease.

  • 3 December 2012
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    Czech Gripen: chronicle of a foretold prolongation

    On 3rd December 2012, Mr. Alexandr Vondra, the Czech Defense Minister, will brief the National Security Council about the conclusions of negotiations with Sweden linked with prolongation of leasing period of the 14 JAS-39 Gripen jets in service in the Czech Armed Forces.

  • 30 November 2012
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    Czech helicopter purchase: wishful thinking or reality?

    In the past days several articles were published in the newspapers mentioning the interest of Czech Armed Forces to replace their old helicopters Mi or W-3A Sokol with new Western helicopters in a period of time comprised between 2015 and 2017.

  • 13 November 2012
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    Successor of Gripen: situation update

    November is the last month of negotiation between Swedes and Czech for renewing the contract of leasing for aircraft JAS-39 Gripen in service in the Czech armed forces. Some articles in the newspapers talk about the preparation of a public call for tenders, possibly managed by NATO Support Agency (NSPA). NSPA is the new NATO’s logistics and Services provider that is born from the combination of former NATO Supply and Maintenance Agency (NAMSA), Central Europe Pipeline management Agency (CEPMA) and NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA).

  • 12 October 2012
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    Iraq about to buy 28 Czech L-159

    During a common press conference on 12th October, the Czech and Iraqi Defense ministers confirmed that Iraq will buy 28 Czech aircraft L-159 for about 1 billion US dollars (19.2 billion Czech crowns).

  • 24 September 2012
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    Czech Gripen: no agreement yet

    On 21st September, Mr. Alexandr Vondra, Czech Defense minister, met his Swedish counterpart, Ms. Karin Enström prior to their common venue to the NATO Days 2012, the most important air show of central Europe (205 000 spectators this year).

  • 5 September 2012
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    Sales of L-159 ALCA are still uncertain

    At the end of August 2012, company EADS/CASA sent back to the Czech Republic one of the five aircraft L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) which were bartered in 2008 in exchange of one transport plane C-295 CASA.