Czech Republic cancels aircraft procurement. (Washington Pulse).
The approximately $3 billion in damages caused by the floods in the Czech Republic has forced the government to rearrange its budgetary priorities, said Petr Janousek, press officer at the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The Gripen--made by Saab Aerospace, of Sweden and BAE Systems, of the United Kingdom--would have replaced the Czech air force's current fleet of MiG-21s, slated to be retired by 2004, Janousek said. If the Gripen deal is cancelled, the Czech government may decide to upgrade the MiG fleet.
BAE and Saab have offered the Czechs a new deal to purchase a smaller fleet of fighters.
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|Author:||Book, Elizabeth G.|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2002|
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