Companies|Foreign Affairs
Martin Shabu|14.09.2011

Battle escalates over future Czech fighter contract as Gripen deal runs down

The Czech hire contract with the Swedish government for JAS-39 Gripen jet fighters to protect Czech airspace runs out in 2015; speculation is mounting over whether the deal will be extended or another fighter chosen. PM Petr Nečas is said to favor an American solution; charges that massive bribes were used by BAE Systems-SAAB when trying to land a deal to sell JAS-39s could work in Washington’s favor.