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  • 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.

  • 28 January 2013
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    New Czech President: what kind of changes in the Defense domain?

    On 26th January 2013, Mr. Miloš Zeman has been elected President of the Czech Republic with 54.8% of the votes expressed during this first direct voting. He will officially take over his new position on next 8th March for five years.

    But will this election of a new Commander in chief, according to the Czech Constitution, have an impact on the local defense orientations?

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 1 October 2012
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    Defense budget 2013: lighter cuts than foreseen

    The Czech government approved the Financial Bill 2013 last 26th September. Reaching 42.05 billion crowns (around 1.69 billion euros), the defense budget got off lightly when compared with the 38.8 billion crowns which were the allocation anticipated by Ministry of Finance just before Summer.

  • 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).

  • 6 September 2012
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    Czech Baltic Air Policing 2012

    On 1st September, the Czech Air Force took over the duty of ensuring the protection of the airspace over Baltic States from Poland. Czechs should be relieved on 4th January 2013 by a Danish contingent.