Czechs want to extend lease of Swedish Gripen jet fighters after 2015 - report.

By bne IntelliNews June 12, 2012
The Czech Republic is planning to extend the lease of 14 Swedish Gripen jet fighters after 2015 when the current contract expires, Pravo daily reported citing a well-informed source Obviously they (the Czech Republic and Sweden) will reach an agreement in the end, but the defense ministry is dragging its feet with the talks because it wants to get the greatest discount [possible], the source told the daily. The current 10-year lease cost CZK 20bn (EUR 780.6mn). According to Pravo, if a deal is not reached by the end of June, the government will launch a tender to other defense contractors. The Gripen jet fighters are made by British-Swedish consortium BAE Systems-SAAB.

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