The Czech government has submitted a letter of request to the United States for the procurement of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced the move on 3 October, noting that the letter of request for an offer is a non-binding solicitation that indicates interest in opening up negotiations for a purchase.
“The Czech government has authorised the MoD to negotiate the acquisition of aircraft following the expiring lease of 14 Swedish Gripen aircraft,” the MoD said, adding, “Handing over the letter [of intent] is a necessary prerequisite for further negotiations for the American side.”
With the Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala having announced his government’s decision to acquire the F-35 in June, an interdepartmental negotiating team was formed in August, with initial meetings of the Czech and American expert teams being launched in September. According to the MoD, its representatives will discuss the parameters of the acquisition and operation of the aircraft in the United States in October.
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