Czech Gripen negotiations stall over price
By Jiri Kominek
On 25 July the Czech government voiced its dissatisfaction with the financial terms offered by Sweden for extending the existing lease on 14 Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighters to the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) beyond 2014/15.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas described Sweden's offer to the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) as "surprisingly unaccommodating".
"We are not in a position where we are forced to submit to pressure being exerted by the supplier. The government can allow the existing [ten-year leasing] contract to expire and issue a tender," said Necas following a cabinet meeting on 25 July.
Czech defence minister Alexandr Vondra informed the Cabinet on 25 July of the terms of the latest Swedish offer.
"The current state of negotiations and its most recent outcome does not allow me with a clean conscience to recommend to the cabinet to accept the latest Swedish offer," said Vondra, referring to the price quoted by the Swedish government for extending the lease of 14 Gripen fighters beyond 2014/15.167 of 408 words
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