Government approves funding of fighter jets lease

The Czech government on Monday approved funding for the lease of aircraft for the Czech Air Force, the minister for legislature, Jiří Dienstbier, said. The Defence Ministry will pay 21.4 billion crowns between 2015 and 2027 for the lease of 14 Swedish-made Jas 39 Gripen fighter jets. The Czech government approved the lease in March; the Czech army first leased the aircraft in 2004.