The head of the Pentagon will come to the Czech Republic in a week for fighter jets, it could be the most expensive army purchase iRADIO

American Defense Minister Lloyd Austin will fly to the Czech Republic on Friday, September 9. This was announced by the press department of the Department of Defense of the United States of America. The head of the Pentagon will hold talks with Defense Minister Jana Černochová and Prime Minister Petr Fiala in Prague. The topics of the talks will be aid to Ukraine and the current security situation, the ministry said.



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4:15 p.m September 1, 2022

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The Czechia wants to purchase 24 modern F-35 aircraft from the USA. Their costs will be in the higher tens of billions of crowns. Negotiations will begin soon. | Photo: Win McNamee | Source: Reuters

According to the office, the meeting will follow up on Černochová’s spring work trip to the USA, during which she discussed, among other things, the modernization of the Czech army. The government recently decided that the Czech Republic will begin negotiations with the United States on the purchase of F-35 fighter jets. The United States also decided to donate eight military helicopters to the Czech army.

“The visit of American Defense Minister Lloyd Austin is clear evidence that the Czech Republic is perceived as a reliable ally with a clear pro-Western orientation,” said Černochová.


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The Czechia wants to purchase 24 modern aircraft from the USA F-35 Lightning II. These are described as the most modern series-produced fighter aircraft with a potential lifespan of 30 to 40 years. Their costs will be in the higher tens of billions of crowns, which, according to experts, would be the most expensive military purchase in modern history. Negotiations will begin soon.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense decided to purchase 12 military helicopters, the Americans are donating another eight to the Czech army. It will replace the Russian Mi-24/35 machines in the armament. According to unofficial information, the Czech Republic has already sent some of them to Ukraine. Representatives of the United States have already praised the Czechia for its assistance to Ukraine.

In addition to the modernization of the army, representatives of the ministry are also negotiating with their American counterparts about the DCA (Defense Cooperation Agreement) between the Czech Republic and the United States. The DCA contract is intended to legally ensure the possible presence of American soldiers on Czech territory.

The mere deployment of Americans in the Czech Republic will not be possible solely on the basis of this contract. It would have to be approved by the government and subsequently by the parliament, just as it is currently. So far, 24 NATO member countries, including Slovakia, have concluded a similar document with the United States.

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