Tag Archives | Czech

Czech Deal for Combat Planes 'Complicated'

By John Lee. The weak Czech crown is complicating the reccently-agreed sale of the Czech L-159 combat aircraft to Iraq, according to reports from Prague Monitor and Hospodarske noviny (HN). The Czech government now wants Penta, the owner of the mediating firm Aero Vodochody, to pay it 850 million crowns ($35 million, 41 billion Iraqi […]

Czech Republic Sells Combat Planes to Iraq

By John Lee. The Czech government has approved the sale of 15 redundant L-159 combat planes to Iraq. Defense Minister Martin Stropnický said the government will receive 750 million Kč ($30 million) via the Aero Vodochody mediating company. Prague Post reports that the deal will give work to up to 100 people who will assemble […]

Czech to Send Tanks, APCs to Iraq

By John Lee. The Czech government has given the go-ahead to supply 100 military vehicles to Iraq, to support the ongoing fight against Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) militants. BasNews reports that the vehicles are reconditioned BVP-1 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and T-72 tanks, to be supplied by a company called Excalibur Army. (Source: BasNews) […]

Czech Govt Postpones Decision on Iraq Jets

By John Lee. The Czech cabinet has postponed a decision on the sale of redundant L-159 subsonic fighters to Iraq. Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said on Wednesday that "the way of assigning the proceeds from the sale to the Defence Ministry must be defined before the decision is made." Global Times reports that the Czech Defence […]

KRG Welcomes Czech Foreign Minister

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani welcomed the Czech Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, on Thursday. In a meeting in Erbil, the President and the Czech Foreign Minister discussed strengthening bilateral relations and military support by the Czech Republic to Iraq and Kurdish peshmerga forces. Foreign Minister Zaorálek, who was accompanied by his country’s […]

Czech Govt Seek Iraq Arms Deals

By John Lee. The Czech Foreign Minister, Lubomír Zaorálek and Deputy Defense Minister, Tomáš Kuchta, is to visit Iraq this week with a delegation of businesspeople to boost business deals, mainly in the defense sector. “Negotiations about the supplies of aviation technology, the pilots' training and the armoring of helicopters are underway there,” Kuchta told […]

Iraq to Buy Czech Fighter Jets

By John Lee. Czech aviation company Aero Vodochody has reportedly agreed to sell 12 L-159 subsonic fighter jets to Iraq, but the package must still be approved by the governments of both countries. Martin Danko, the broker for the deal, refused to reveal the price. According to Associated Press, Iraq had initially agreed to buy […]

Czech/Iraq Aircraft Deal "Fails"

By John Lee. The planned sale of the Czech military L-159 planes to Iraq is reported to have broken down. Producer Aero Vodochody has allegedly limited the preparation for the production of 24 new planes to the minimum. The contract, which was announced last year, has not yet been signed, according to the Insider daily, but […]

Iraq to Spend $1bn on Czech Attack Jets

By John Lee. Iraq has agreed to buy 28 Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 advanced trainer/light-attack jets valued at $1 billion dollars (770 billions euros), a Czech defence ministry announced on Friday. Agreement to buy the 24 new planes and four older army surplus aircraft was reached at the end of a two-day visit to Prague by […]

PM Barzani Announces New Power Plant

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani announced a strategic, tripartite energy agreement yesterday between companies from the Czech Republic, Turkey and the Kurdistan Region to build a new power plant. The agreement brings together the Czech Export Bank, Czech company PSG International, Turkey’s Renaissance Construction and KAR Group, the Kurdistan Region’s largest company, to build and […]

Czechs Hope to Sell Combat Jets to Iraq

Czech aircraft company Aero Vodochody and the Czech Ministry of Defense will meet with Iraqi government and military representatives in Prague on 23-24th January with a view to landing a deal to supply 20 of its L-159 fighter planes. The manufacturer, part of the Penta group, has reportedly already received Kč 25.2 million ($1.3 million) just […]

Czech Republic may sell combat jets to Iraq

The Czech Republic is planning to offer Iraq a number of light attack aircraft and help Baghdad to modernize its helicopter fleet, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said, according to a report from the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas will visit Iraq on May 23-24 to promote closer economic cooperation […]